Nobel Committee awards peace prize to World Food Program
The Nobel Committee today awarded this year’s peace prize to the World Food Program (WFP), run by David Beasley, the former Republican governor from South Carolina, in an ever so slight nod to President Trump.
In 2017, Trump nominated Beasley for the prize for his work with the WFP.
President Trump was hoping for the award this year after negotiating several high-profile peace and economic accords, thus earning three nominations this year for his contributions to peace.
Still, he must be happy for Beasley who tweeted his excitement over the award.
“It’s been an amazing past few hours. These are just some of the brave women & men who have committed their lives to achieving a world without hunger. Together with the@WFP team in Niger, we say thank you @NobelPrize! #NobelPeacePrize2020” tweeted Beasley.
The award was likely a compromise choice as the Committee faced a revolt from progressives if it awarded the prize to Trump.
A last-minute pitch by progressives was to award the prize to the World Health Organization (WHO) for its work on COVID-19, but that would have probably generated more outrage worldwide than even an award to Trump. The award was proposed mostly as means of rebuking Trump.
“Conferring the Nobel Peace Prize on the WHO would be interpreted in the United States as a political act — and it will be. The WHO is simultaneously playing offense against COVID-19 and defense from domestic political forces in the United States that seek to scapegoat the WHO,” wrote Mark Leon Goldberg in the Washington Post this week.
But the WHO has been widely criticized for being too friendly with China, and thus helping cover-up the severity of the COVID pandemic early on. A peace prize for Trump was more likely than one to an organization allied to a Communist China that caused a worldwide pandemic.
Still liberals were so outraged at the Trump nominations for the peace prize that some suggested ending the prize if Trump won.
“Peace had its chance, and blew it. The Trump nomination—one of hundreds, including this second from a Swede—helps show why,” said the Atlantic.
But others said that if Trump didn’t win, it would be appropriate to end the mostly-meaningless political award.
“In 2020, you might say that today’s peace train is now the Trump train. For his world peacemaking achievements, Trump deserves the Peace Prize. And if the committee’s members do not award the Nobel to him, they should call it quits,” said conservative super lawyer Gayle Trotter in The Hill a week after the Atlantic op-ed.
Still, officially, the U.S. government said it was happy about the prize decision for this year.
“Thrilled at the news of @WFP winning the #NobelPeacePrize. No org is more deserving and @WFPChief David Beasley is a tremendous steward of its activities. The American people provide >40% of WFP’s annual resources, translating to thousands of lives saved and futures restored,” tweeted American UN Ambassador Kelly Craft.
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