Did you read President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize? Think it's fake news? You're almost right. Reports state that someone fraudulently nominated the United States President for the prestigious prize, not just once but twice, and the authorities are not conducting an investigation.
The Nobel Institute’s director confirmed the news, saying that at least two fake nominations have been submitted so far on the Republican president's behalf.
Trump was nominated both the times for "ideology of peace by force," according to reports.
The Nobel Peace Prize's nomination process is highly secretive and the awards are arguably the most prestigious awards in the world. Reports state that the nominations for possible laureates can only be filed by an exclusive group of academics or certain government representatives.
The National Institute Director Olav Njølstad on Tuesday said that the fraudulent Trump nominations were reported to police as soon as they were noticed. Njølstad also added that one of the forged nominations on Trump's behalf was submitted last year but it was not made public then.
"We verify all nominations, at least the ones with a shadow of doubt," Njolstad said.
Authorities believe that the same person is behind both the fake nominations.
"I can say that we have good reason to believe that [the nomination of Mr. Trump] is a fake," Njølstad told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Reports state that a total of 329 candidates, comprised of 217 people and 112 organizations, are up for the awards this year. The winners of the Nobel Prize are scheduled to be announced in October. The names of the losing candidates are not disclosed by the organizers.
The past winners of the coveted annual prize include former US President Barack Obama. He was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." However, some of the representatives of the Nobel Institute, since then have expressed that giving the award to the US president was a mistake, reports state.
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