When discussing the achievement of World Peace, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are not exactly the names most would expect to hear first. It would come as a shock to most then, that the U.S. President and North Korean dictator are among the favourites to win the Nobel Peace Prize in December.
British bookmakers recently released odds on the Nobel Peace Prize winner and the internet is abuzz with the names at the top of the list. Ladbrokes lists the president as an astonishing 2/1 favourite, while Coral’s more extensive list looks like this:
Some interesting longer shots to win include Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked classified info to the world involving global surveillance programs, faces 20/1 odds. Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite a host of criticisms and suspicion of corruption, faces 50/1 odds and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, faces 100/1 odds.
Trump faced those long 100/1 odds himself as early as October of last year, but massive developments in North Korea have catapulted him to the forefront. After Kim Jung Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in recently met, it was announced that North Korea would suspend its nuclear weapons program to the relief of billions around the globe.
This isn’t the first time top bookmakers have issued odds related to Trump and the North Korean leader as Paddy Power opened an extensive market regarding Kim Jong Un and North Korea back in September. Trump’s unexpected election in 2016 also severely hurt the Irish bookmaker’s pocketbook after it paid out early on Hillary Clinton heading to the White House.
Trump has been criticized heavily in the past for his harsh terminology regarding Kim Jong Un’s threats to the security of the world. Now, however, he is garnering praise for helping to end what many consider the most dangerous crisis facing the world.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a candidate for the award himself, did not mince words when addressing the importance of Trump’s actions and believes he should get a large amount of recognition for them.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” Moon told media Monday. Back in January he said the president, “deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.”
Senator Lindsay Graham praised Trump’s unorthodox approach to the Korean conflict in an interview with Fox News. He echoed the thoughts of others than the impending meeting between Kim Jong Un and Trump would not have been a possibility without the president’s commitment to change.
“It wouldn’t have happened without Trump. It may not have happened, but it’s the biggest change since the end of the hostilities. What happened? Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change. We’re not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.”
President of political risk consultancy the Eurasia group Ian Bremmer tweeted his belief that despite Trump’s tumultuous relationship with American media and daily criticism, he deserves full credit for working with North and South Korea and a shot at the award.
I’ve been critical of Trump foreign policy missteps in past year: TPP, Paris, too many unnecessary missteps with allies to count.— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 27, 2018
But today’s historic North/South Korea breakthrough does not happen without priority & pressure from US President.
Trump deserves full credit.
If Trump claims the coveted award, he will become just the fifth U.S. president to do so since 1901 when the prize was first given out. Theodore Roosevelt won it in 1906 for his assistance and involvement in ending war between Russia and Japan. Woodrow Wilson, who established the League of Nations in the wake of World War I, won it in 1919.
Jimmy Carter became the first president to win the prize in 83 years and is the only one to win after serving the office. Most recently, Barack Obama won the award in 2009 eleven months after securing the presidency.