National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Thursday that President Trump should be considered the frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize because of the peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. “It’s really remarkable when you step back and take a look at what this President has done on the peace front,” O’Brien said at the press briefing on Thursday. “And it wouldn’t surprise me – it’ll take some time in this environment – but it wouldn’t surprise me if the President is eventually nominated for a Nobel Prize.” “Today’s work is an example of why he would be rightly considered and should be a frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize,” he added.
MR. O’BRIEN: So, thank you to Jared for that summary. And it’s – it’s been extraordinary work by a number of fine diplomats, working under President Trump’s leadership, to arrive at today’s outcome. Jared Kushner has been at the forefront of those efforts. Avi, Brian Hook, and others have – have put in just – just tremendous work, under the President’s direction, to get where we are here today. And I know, Jared, you’re not a – you don’t have a diplomat-title or ambassador title, but we don’t have the finer ambassador, especially in the region, than Advisor Kushner. So thank you for those – those remarks and for the really incredible effort. I want to start by congratulating, today, the President of the United States; the Prime Minister of Israel, Bibi Netanyahu; and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. This is a remarkable achievement, and they’ve been – the achievement is now – will now be known in history as the Abraham Accords, or the Ibrahim Accords in the Muslim countries, or the Avraham Accords in Israel. It’s something very special. It’s something that doesn’t happen very often. Very few of my predecessors, as National Security Advisor, have been able to come to this podium to announce a peace deal in the Middle East. It’s a – it’s a very rare thing. As I said earlier in the Oval Office today, the President is going to be known in history as one of the change makers and one of the remarkable leaders in the Middle East. And that’s not something that you may have thought of when he came into office. But one of his very first steps was repairing our relationship with Israel, which had been badly damaged, especially in the last month of the prior administration. The President did something that was unheard of. Many presidential candidates, going back two decades, had promised that if they were elected, they would move the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Trump had the courage to do it, and he developed wonderful credibility and a reservoir of goodwill in Israel. He recognized the Golan Heights as being Israeli territory, and – and took those away from a very – what could have been a very destabilized situation that we’ve seen develop in Syria. He destroyed the physical caliphate of ISIS, which, Jared had said, was the size of Ohio. It was – it stretched across the Middle East, and terror reigned because of the caliphate. He brought justice to al-Baghdadi, who had killed so many Americans: Sotloff and Mueller and Kassig and Foley. He put maximum pressure on Iran and – and cut off much of the terrorist funding that was going to the proxy wars in Yemen, in Hezbollah, in Lebanon, in Syria, and throughout the region. And today, we have the – the Abraham Accords. He’s brought peace to the Middle East, at least peace between the UAE and Israel. And what I have said is the President is often known as the greatest dealmaker, and he wrote the book The Art of the Deal. And he’s considered a great, great dealmaker, which he is. But I think history is going to remember the President for being a great peacemaker. He brought peace to Israel and the UAE. He has signed a – his diplomat signed a historic accord in Afghanistan. I want to remind people that we haven’t had an American casualty in combat in Afghanistan since February 29th. He used his offices and his – his pressure to stop Idlib from being overrun in Syria, and brought a ceasefire agreement when – when Turkey had invaded Northern Syria. A lot of people said that when he came into office that there would be war in North Korea. But through personal diplomacy, he’s – has kept that situation from – from turning into a kinetic event. So, it’s really remarkable, I think, when you – when you step back and take a look at what this President has done on the peace front. And it wouldn’t surprise me – it’ll take some time in this environment – but it wouldn’t surprise me if the President is eventually nominated for a Nobel Prize for the – this – today’s work is an example of why he would be rightly considered and should be a frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize.