Trump said Japan nominated him for the Nobel Prize. What he forgot to mention is that his team asked Japan to nominate Trump.
Japanese Media reported on Sunday that the Nobel Prize nomination Trump received happened because the U.S. government asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to nominate him.
Trump had let slip during his bizarre "national emergency" declaration on Friday that it was Abe who nominated him for the prestigious award that Trump ultimately didn't receive.
"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 Prize," Trump said in his rambling address at the White House.
"He said 'I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize," Trump continued. "You know why? Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan. They feel safe. I did that."
But Trump left out the part where Abe wrote the nomination because he was asked to, not because of some pressing urge to give Trump an accolade for outstanding work.
Abe on Monday refused to deny that he nominated Trump, or that he was asked to write the nomination.
"I'm not saying that it is not the fact," Abe said, according to CNN.
"I'll continue to [offer] my utmost cooperation to President Trump to solve the North Korean nuclear and missile issues and the abduction issue, which is the most important ... for Japan," Abe added.
Trump has clearly felt slighted that he didn't win the Nobel Prize Abe reportedly nominated him for. And he's suggested it's because he's jealous that President Barack Obama received the award when he served as president.
"They gave it to Obama, he didn't even know what he got it for," Trump said on Friday, after announcing that Abe had nominated him for the prize. "He was there for about 15 seconds and got the Nobel Prize. He said, 'Oh, what did I get it for?'"
Trump has been obsessed with Obama's successes, and has worked hard to try to undermine Obama's policies and fruitlessly prove that Obama wasn't a better president.
During tours of the Oval Office, for example, Trump likes to point out that he uses the space more than Obama did — as if that means anything at all.
In 2018, CBS News reported that Trump's Interior Department wanted to change hunting rules that Obama had instituted that protected brown bears and their cubs from inhumane hunting practices. Even hunters backed the Obama-era changes, but that didn't stop the Trump administration from trying to nix them.
"Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motorboats to shoot swimming caribou," CBS News reported.
There truly are no limits to Trump's jealousy over Obama's success.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.