Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reach a peace agreement with North Korea after receiving a request from the U.S. government, reported Reuters, citing a report from the Japanese newspaper Asahi.
The newspaper noted that the U.S. government reached out to the Japanese leader months after Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
An unidentified Japanese government official told Asahi about the nomination request, according to Reuters.
The report came after Trump claimed on Friday that Abe had nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.
“In fact, I think I can say this. Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel [Peace] Prize,” Trump said while speaking at the White House Rose Garden. “He said, ‘I have nominated you … respectfully on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.’ ”
“They gave it to Obama,” Trump added. “He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, “Oh, what did I get it for?” With me, I probably will never get it.”
"They gave it to Obama – he didn't even know what he got it for."
President Trump says Japan's Shinzo Abe nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 15, 2019