President Trump on Monday said during an exchange with Pakistani reporters that he would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “if they gave it out fairly,” an apparent swipe at former President Obama for winning the award.
“I do appreciate the tremendous spirit of the press,” Trump said to members of the Pakistani press. “I don’t see that with us — ours always tear our country down. With your press they want to see something positive in the country.”
One reporter suggested to Trump that he would “definitely” be deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize if he’s able to mediate a solution to the Kashmir conflict.
“I think I’m gonna get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t,” Trump said.
“They gave one to [former President] Obama immediately upon his ascent to the presidency, and he had no idea why he got it,” Trump said. “And you know what? That was the only thing I agreed with him on.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was seated next to Trump, laughed as Trump shared his thoughts on the Nobel award process.
Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his “efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
A reporter then credited Trump for being an “honest” leader.
“This is the kind of reporter I like. I like this reporter. Are you a member of his team?” Trump said, motioning to Khan.
After a reporter suggests he should win a Nobel Prize, Trump says, "I think I'm going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don't. They gave one to Obama immediately upon his ascent to the presidency, and he had no idea why he got it." pic.twitter.com/vbFneNC9kw
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