Students at the University of California, Santa Cruz were quick to shoot down suggestions that President Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, but defended former President Barack Obama's 2009 award - and they couldn't say why. The meeting will follow recent overtures by North Korea that appeared aimed at calming tensions, including the release of three Americans that had been detained there. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has also promoted the idea, sending an email encouraging supporters to "Nominate President Trump to Win the Nobel Peace Prize" by adding their name to a list.
Messer announced he would nominate Trump for the prize, which has only been won by four other US presidents, after a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in where the two agreed to work toward denuclearization and formally ending the decades-long Korean War.
The turnaround comes month after Trump rhetoric toward North Korea ignited fears that an armed confrontation with the reclusive country could be looming.
Other states and territories supporting the nomination include; Guam, Kansas, Alabama, West Virginia, South Carolina and Maine.
"After almost two decades of gridlock and global anxiety surrounding North Korea's nuclear program, we are now, at last, on the precipice of peace". Graham first suggested the Nobel Peace Prize to the president days after both Koreans leaders met for the first time.