US President Donald Trump has implied that the Nobel Prize was rigged as he questioned the Peace Prize given to his predecessor Barack Obama during a press interaction on Sunday. He told journalists, “I think I’m gonna get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things — if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t.”
This was in response to a question from a Pakistani journalist, who told him that he would win the Nobel Prize if he could resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. Although he did not present any evidence on how the Nobel Prize was rigged by the five-member Nobel Committee appointed by the Norwegian Parliament, all he said was “They gave one to Obama immediately after his ascent to the presidency, and he had no idea why he got it.”
Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 soon after he became the US President in the November 2008 Presidential elections for ‘extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.’
The US president was speaking at a bilateral meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly when he took questions from Pakistani journalists.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump had joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in Houston, where more than 50,000 Indian Americans turned up to hear both the leaders. This was billed as a great show of strength by Modi on foreign soil.