A group of 18 Republican lawmakers penned a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, formally nominating President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize, NBC News reports.
The letter, sent by Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) and signed by 17 other members praised Trump’s efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and end the 68-year-old war between the North and the South.
“Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons program and bring peace to the region,” the letter reads. “His Administration successfully united the international community, including China, to impose one of the most successful international sanctions regimes in history.”
The move comes after a landmark meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In in which they agreed to formally end the Korean War and work towards eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.
“We can think of no one more deserving of the Committee’s recognition in 2019 than President Trump for his tireless work to bring peace to our world,” the lawmakers said in the letter.
Trump is expected to meet with Kim at the beginning of the summer. The time and place of the critical summit will be announced soon.