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U.S. Senate candidates sign on to House GOP letter nominating Trump for Nobel Prize

A group of 18 Republican congressmen led by U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., have sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to foster the conditions for peace between North Korea and South Korea.

"We, the undersigned members of the United States Congress, respectfully nominate President Donald J. Trump to receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work to end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region," the letter states.

The lawmakers cite the Trump administration's work to convince the international community to impose new economic sanctions on North Korea, which have "been largely credited for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table."

They note that on April 20, North Korea announced an end to its nuclear weapons and ICBM testing programs and, one week later, North and South Korea announced a formal end to the Korean War after a 65-year armistice. South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently said Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Although North Korea has evaded demands from the international community to cease its aggressions for decades, President Trump's peace through strength policies are working and bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula," the House members wrote. "We can think of no one more deserving of the Committee's recognition in 2019 than President Trump for his tireless work to bring peace to our world."

Several prominent House Republicans signed the letter, including Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and several House members who are currently running for U.S. Senate.

Messer is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Indiana against his colleague Rep. Tod Rokita, R-Ind., and businessman Mike Braun.

Reps. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., are also running for Senate in their respective states.

Interestingly, Messer’s primary opponent Rokita is not a signatory. Conservative Review has reached out to Messer and Rokita's offices to ask if Rokita was told about the letter.

UPDATE 5/3/2018: 

Rokita's office told CRTV that Rokita was never offered an opportunity to sign the letter.

CRTV congressional correspondent Nate Madden contributed to this report. 

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