Former President Jimmy Carter — a lifelong Democrat — endorsed the idea of a Nobel Prize for President Donald Trump if Trump is able to successfully strike a peace deal with North Korea.
What did Carter say?
In a recent episode of Politico's "Off Message" podcast, Carter expressed his belief that if Trump is able to do what no president has done before, it certainly ought to put Trump in the running for a Nobel Prize.
"If President Trump is successful in getting a peace treaty that’s acceptable to both sides with North Korea, I think he certainly ought to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize," said Carter, the U.S.'s 39th president.
"I think it would be a worthy and a momentous accomplishment that no previous president has been able to realize," he added.
Carter, a Nobel laureate himself, won the coveted prize in 2002 after founding the Carter Center.
Carter received the Nobel Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."
If Trump is able to sit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it will be the first time a U.S. sitting president has met with a North Korean head of state.
A summit is set for June 12 in Singapore.
Earlier in May, Trump tweeted about the meeting, calling it a possible "very special moment for world peace."
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Last week, however, the fate of the scheduled summit was put in jeopardy when North Korea canceled talks with South Korea after Seoul's joint military drills with the U.S.
North Korea also threatened to pull out of talks if the U.S. insisted on "unilateral nuclear abandonment."