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Bookmakers slash Trump's odds of Nobel Peace Prize in wake of N Korea summit

Bookmakers slash Trump's odds of Nobel  Peace Prize in wake of N Korea summit


Reuters
OSLO
It did not take long for bookmakers to slash Donald Trump's odds of winning the Nobel Peace Prize in the wake of the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
But before placing your bets, you may want to read what some members of the five-strong Norwegian Nobel Committee, which chooses the winner of the $1 million prize each October, have written about the U.S. president in the past.
On Tuesday, Ladbrokes cut the odds of Trump winning alone or in a joint prize this year to 6/4 from 10/1 before the summit; William Hill offered odds of 6/4 on Trump and Kim to win jointly, either in 2018 or 2019."Love him or loathe him, Trump has made history where others have failed,"said Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes.
In their meeting, Trump and Kim pledged to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.
While a Nobel award would cause consternation among Trump's critics, he also has some high-profile supporters. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in April that Trump deserved the prize. In 2015, Nobel committee member Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Council of Europe, tweeted:"Donald Trump you may have set the news agenda but at what cost? Divisive and irresponsible from a presidential hopeful".
Last December, he wrote:"Trump is insulting Muslims on Twitter"and by contrast praised former President Barack Obama, who won the 2009 prize, as a statesman. Jagland declined to comment on Trump's chances after the summit.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee's vice-chair, Henrik Syse, wrote in a blog in December, 2016, that:"President-elect Donald Trump has, with his rhetoric, lowered the threshold for moral decency so far it is downright scary."

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