Even before taking office, President Trump has obsessed over his predecessor, consumed with hatred over his public humiliation at President Obama’s hands during the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and green with envy at the respect and love that he inspires across the world.
It would appear that President Obama’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize rankles Trump to no end, considering the lengths that he’s going to to try to get one for himself.
Reuters has just reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated Donald Trump for — sigh — a Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un after the White House quietly reached out and asked him to do it.
An unidentified Japanese government official revealed the news to the newspaper after Trump boasted about how Abe had nominated him during his Friday press conference:
“In fact, I think I can say this. Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel [Peace] Prize. He said, ‘I have nominated you … respectfully on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.'”
However, he did not mention that it was his own team who had begged Abe to do it behind the scenes.
While it’s all very well and good that President Trump seems so eager to strike a nuclear peace deal with North Korea, one has to wonder if there’s an ounce of any honest goodwill behind any of it or the entire thing is simply an elaborate plot to get Donald Trump yet another shiny trophy that he can put in glass at Mar-a-Lago and show off to whichever Boca Raton dentist happens to be passing by at that moment.
It’s truly disgraceful to see the lengths that the President and his team will go to in order to massage his bloated ego and attempt to put a bit of shine on the rotting carcass that is Donald Trump’s reputation and standing across the world.
Nothing says “I deserve this award” like begging your friends to nominate you for it.
Original reporting by Makiko Yamazaki at Reuters.