On Thursday, President Trump welcomed his nomination for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in an exclusive interview with the “Fox News Rundown”, calling it “a great thing for our country”.
“It’s a great honor to be named, and I know it has tremendous significance,” Trump told Fox News Radio White House correspondent Jon Decker. “I just think it’s a great thing for our country. It shows we’re trying to make peace, not war all the time.”
Trump’s bid for the Peace Prize was presented by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian parliament who praised the president’s role in mediating a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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According to Trump, the so-called Abraham Accord is just the beginning of a broader US effort to resolve protracted conflicts around the world.
“We are working on a peace agreement in Afghanistan, working directly with the Taliban, and it is going pretty well … we will probably know soon enough,” the president said. “So we are trying to create a lot of peace around the world because the world has other problems that we need to focus on.”
Tybring-Gjedde, in his letter of appointment to the Nobel Committee, said that the Trump administration “has done more in trying to create peace among nations than most other candidates for the Peace Prize”. But as Decker noted, not everyone would define Trump as a peacemaker.
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Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently described Trump as “the first president of my life who doesn’t try to unite the American people. Instead, he tries to divide us.”
“I think sometimes you have to break eggs to make omelets,” Trump replied.
“Sometimes you have to go in and abuse … and then suddenly you go out with something that could be very cool.”
“Sometimes you have to go in and chop and mix, so to speak. And then all of a sudden you come out with something that could be very nice.”
The president said his predecessors failed on the pacification front because, as he said, “we never had the talent to get there and to negotiate these deals.
“And I’ll tell you that other countries in the Middle East are dying to get in. They are, they want so much,” continued Trump. “We will start putting everything together like a beautiful puzzle.
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“It was a very complex puzzle for a lot of people. But I get it and I understand that they want peace. They have fought for decades and decades and have fought for centuries in some cases. And they would like to see peace and it will happen.”
Turning to Wednesday’s announcement that 2,200 US troops will leave Iraq by the end of this month, Trump said the US military is “at a stage where we can go back very quickly. If something happens, we can get back very quickly. .
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“This is a different era, militarily,” the president said. “We just spent $ 2.5 trillion on military equipment and other things that have to do with our military … We’ve never had more modern equipment, and today it’s very different equipment than 10 years ago, even five years ago. And we don’t necessarily have to be there. “
However, Trump added, the leaders of Afghanistan and Iraq “have an understanding and everyone has been told that if anything happens, we can come back so quickly with power that is much greater than what we have now.”
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