A group of four Australian law professors has reportedly nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, marking his third nomination for the prestigious award ahead of the November election.
One of the professors, David Flint, explained to Sky News during an interview Monday that the U.S. president’s “Trump Doctrine,” or his foreign policy approach, was primarily what earned the nomination.
“The ‘Trump Doctrine’ something extraordinary, as so many things that Donald Trump does,” Mr. Flint said. “He’s guided by two things which seem to be absent from so many politicians: He has firstly common sense, and he is only guided by a national interest, and therefore, in our circumstances, an interest in the Western alliance.
“And what he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided that he would no longer have America involved in endless wars,” he continued, “wars which achieve nothing but the killing of thousands of young Americans and enormous debts imposed on America, and nothing solved in the countries in which it is carried on. So he’s reducing America’s tendency to get involved in any and every war.”
Mr. Flint hailed Mr. Trump’s approach to establishing peace in the Middle East with the Abraham Accords, which saw the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalize relations with Israel. Mr. Trump has said he expects Saudi Arabia to be among a handful of Arab countries to follow suit.
Mr. Flint credited Mr. Trump with “producing peace in the world in a way in a which none of his predecessors did.”
“What Trump did was he went ahead and went against all advice, but he did it with common sense, he negotiated directly with the Arab states concerned and Israel and brought them together,” he said. “And the states are lining up, Arab and Middle Eastern, to join that network of peace, which will dominate the Middle East.”
Mr. Flint also praised Mr. Trump’s work toward establishing energy independence from the Middle East, for “calming” tensions with North Korea, and for pulling out of the “ridiculous” Paris climate agreement as reasons to nominate him for the 2021 Nobel.
Trump was nominated earlier this month by a Norwegian lawmaker, who also cited the Abraham Accords, and by a Swedish lawmaker for a peace deal between Serbia and Kosovo.