Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips hit the streets of the UC Santa Cruz campus this month to interview students about their thoughts on President Donald Trump's role in bringing a more affable relationship to North and South Korea, as well as talks between the U.S. and the North Korean state.
What's the background here?
Many Trump supporters have said that they believe the president should receive the Nobel Peace Prize as a result of his role in world mediation.
Even South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha lauded Trump for his part in diplomacy, and said, "Clearly, credit goes to President Trump. He’s been determined to come to grips with this since day one."
What did the students say?
Others — specifically the students on the campus of UC Santa Cruz — aren't as enthusiastic over the idea.
They were, however, very vocal about former President Barack Obama's 2009 Nobel Peace Prize award, but, for the life of them, couldn't recall just why it was Obama received the prize to begin with.
Some of the more interesting student reactions to the idea of Trump receiving the award are as follows:
- "Hell, no; that’s a joke. What has he done for peace?"
- "No. I feel like he just thinks that he deserves many awards. And that's just stupid."
- "It’s just too good of a prize for him to have credit for."
- "I think that's crap."
This is what the students had to say when asked if Obama deserved his 2009 award — and why they think he got it.
- "Yes. ... I ... was it for his push on education, or Obamacare?"
- "Well .... there's much to talk about. Nothing pops up in my head right now."
- "Yeah, he did. I feel like he actually wanted to make change instead of just sitting around. I don't know. I'll have to look at that more."
- "I feel like Obama was a really great diplomat. ... I'm forgetting exactly what the political events were at the time."
So hey, why did Obama win the prize in 2009 anyway?
Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009 for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" and "creating a new climate in international politics."
He also helped encourage "the vision of a world free from nuclear arms," and has "has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations."
Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore for an unprecedented summit.
Among peace talks, nuclear disarmament is a major table topic.
You can watch the full video below.