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Ethiopian PM responds to Donald Trump’s claim about Nobel Peace Prize

Donald Trumps’s question should be directed to The Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed responds

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed. Credit : OPM

January 13, 2020

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reportedly responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s assertion he should have won the Nobel Peace Prize for saving a country by avoiding war.

During an official working visit to South Africa, a journalist working for state media reportedly asked Abiy in Pretoria what he has to say about Trump’s claim.

“Donald Trump’s question regarding the Nobel Peace Prize should be presented to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee; I have no idea how they select a winner,” Abiy is cited as saying.

He also said that the effort he did was to bring about peace to the region, not to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was during an election campaign in Toledo, Ohio, that Trump said he should have won the prize without directly naming Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

He said “I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said, ‘what, did I have something do with it?'”

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  1. My Beloved Countrymen/Women:

    Please allow me to say a few words regarding President Trump opinion about the recent Nobel Prize. I think he is getting a bad rap for what he said about it. Here is why.

    The relationship between Eritrea and USA had been strained for this or that reason for more than a decade. At some point all diplomatic contacts seemed to have stopped altogether. It seemed to me that every Democrat administration was not taking lessons from the mistake committed by the Jimmy Carter administration in 1970’s by similar action towards the demonic Mengistu regime. Fast forward to 2009 the know-it-all Susan Rice and company were so blindly in love with the regime in Addis/Finfine favoring it over anyone else in the hood. Such one sided policy played part pushing the regime in Asmara more and more into the corner. We all remember being told by the know-all’s how the regime in Addis/Finfine was democratically elected. Susan admonished us all because we were not looking at the big picture! I don’t know which picture but we were all remiss. Remember that? But all that stopped ever thankfully beginning 2017.

    I remember reading articles in 2017 about certain US officials restarting contacts or traveling to Asmara. I believe all cards were on the table for the already isolated regime there where rewards like removing it from the debilitating terrorist list. Then came the tsunami that swept away the despots from Addis/Finfine. I expect diplomats from the USA were paying very close attention to what is going on there and could have given useful advice there. The promise to be removed from the terrorist list was and still is a big deal to the country that was admittedly devastated by it. I think such incentive is hard to resist to H.E. Isaias and his regime. I think the part played by his administration in facilitating the peace accord between the two countries that have been on a war footing for more than 17 years may be the reason for President Trump’s comment. I may be wrong but that is the fact I know that I gathered from articles going back to 2017. Was his comment legit? I leave that to level headed and fair historians. And I don’t mean to offend anyone here. If you don’t like it that is your Allah given rights nobody should tinker with it.


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