AL governor, 6 others back Trump nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

Updated: May. 15, 2018 at 11:31 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA/AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is among a group of governors who are backing the nomination of President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize, her office confirmed Tuesday.

Ivey joins governors in South Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, West Virginia, Maine, and Guam in writing a letter to Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, praising the president for work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"Yesterday, I was proud to join six other governors in highlighting the historical progress President Trump has made toward denuclearization and peace for the peoples of North and South Korea," Ivey said. "Ending North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons has eluded American presidents for decades. President Trump is due to be honored for his ability to bring everyone to the table to discuss a way forward which offers the Korean Peninsula, and the world, a path toward stability and peace.

"It isn't often that presidents follow through on their promises; yet, President Trump is proving time and again that he isn't like most presidents. I am thankful to the president for the conservative, smaller-government direction he is taking our nation and for his efforts in ensuring that our world is a safer place. The Nobel Committee should act quickly in affirming President Trump's nomination and should give him the Nobel Peace Prize, which he certainly deserves."

The Associated Press reports the governors' letter follows the formal nomination earlier in May by 18 Republicans in the U.S. House.

Trump has announced he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in June.

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