We all know Donald Trump but who is Christian Tybring-Gjedde? He has recently nominated the president for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Very little surprises us these days.

Nevertheless, 2020 has yet again managed a way to raise people’s eyebrows so far that they may as well be floating above their heads.

As highlighted by The Independent, a right-wing Norwegian politician – Christian Tybring-Gjedde – has nominated Donald Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

The source includes that he was nominated for his part in arranging a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Of course, some simply didn’t expect to see “Donald Trump” and “Nobel Peace Prize” in the same sentence in 2020.

The nomination is being discussed extensively by supporters, detractors and even passive spectators.

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So, who is the man behind the decision?

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Who is Christian Tybring-Gjedde?

Trump’s nomination comes courtesy of Christian Tybring-Gjedde.

The 57-year-old Norwegian politician for the right-wing Progress Party has been a member of parliament since 2005.

He led the Progress Party’s Oslo chapter between 2010 and 2014 and has earned headlines thanks to controversial opinions on immigration over the years.

Indeed, he wrote a book on immigration politics back in 2014, titled Mens orkesteret fortsetter å spille; this translates to While the Orchestra Continues to Play.

Stortinget – the supreme legislature of Norway – also notes that he is the Second Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence and will remain in this position through this year and the next.

His allegiance to the Progress Party cannot be underestimated, considering he has been a member since 1979, joining during his time at secondary school.

Let’s address why he nominated Trump for the aforementioned prize…

Nobel Peace Prize nomination explained

In conversation with Fox News, Christian weighed in his thoughts and why he feels Trump deserves the nomination.

He explained: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees…”

Arguing the Trump Administration’s role in peace talks between Israel and the UAE, he elaborated: “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”

Additionally, he highlighted Trump’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea.”

However, he isn’t totally won over by the president’s actions:

“I’m not a big Trump supporter… The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts — not on the way he behaves sometimes. The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump.”

So, while those may disagree with his nomination, they can’t exactly say he hasn’t explained his reasoning.

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