Pelosi: Trump's Peace Deals In The Middle East Are ‘A Distraction’
House Speaker attempts to downplay President's achievements
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to downplay President Donald Trump’s recent success brokering historical peace deals in the Middle East, insisting it was just “a distraction.”
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Pelosi:
“How much credit do you give the President of the United States for these peace agreements?”
“Well, hopefully they won’t—hopefully they will beneficial [sic] to the region,” Pelosi replied.
“We’ve been waiting for a very long time for the president’s proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that honored the two-state solution," she added.
"It was coming in two weeks, it was coming in two months, it was coming in six months—it still hasn’t come in any way that has brought peace.”
“So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases,” Pelosi continued.
Wolf Blitzer: "How much credit do you give the president for these peace agreements?"@SpeakerPelosi: "Good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases." pic.twitter.com/uanVmNPlNd— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 11, 2020
Pelosi's remarks come after Trump was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize following his work securing peace agreements.
Member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, submitted the nomination last week.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde, told Fox News.
The “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea.”
Jared Kushner, the White House senior adviser, helped orchestrate the deal.
Israel also signaled it was willing to explore business opportunities with the UAE after the deal went public.
Many Trump allies called for a Nobel in response to Trump's negotiations with North Korea.
Trump noted Barack Obama had won it, without really doing anything.
Trump's most recent peace deal was secured on Friday between Israel and Bahrain.
BREAKING: President Trump nominated for a SECOND Nobel Peace Prize— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) September 11, 2020
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The White House released the following information on the peace deal:
SECURING ANOTHER HISTORIC AGREEMENT: President Donald J. Trump has brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel – the second such agreement between Israel and an Arab nation in less than one month.
Israel and Bahrain have committed to begin the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, start direct flights between their countries, and launch cooperation initiatives across a broad range of sectors.
This peace deal is a significant step forward for both Israel and Bahrain.
It further enhances their security while creating opportunities for them to deepen their economic ties.
This deal comes on the heels of the historic normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are the first Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel in more than 25 years.
The United States will continue to support the people of Bahrain as they work to counter-terrorism and extremism, develop economically, and build new peaceful partnerships across the region.
CREATING THE CONDITIONS FOR PEACE: President Trump’s wise foreign policy strategy has created the conditions for peace between Israel and its neighbors.
When President Trump took office, the Middle East was in a state of extreme turmoil.
President Trump has worked to rebuild trust with our regional partners and identify their shared interests, moving them away from the conflicts of the past.
Thanks to the President’s bold foreign policy vision and his acumen as a dealmaker, nations across the region are realizing the benefits of his thoughtful approach.
As the President’s work continues, more Arab and Muslim countries will likely seek to normalize relations with Israel.
Each country that normalizes relations will build upon the other, bringing peace and prosperity to the region and the people who live there.
AN UNPRECEDENTED REGIONAL TRANSFORMATION: After decades of instability and crisis, nations across the Middle East and Africa are increasingly working together to build a more peaceful and prosperous future.
Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, the Arab world is experiencing the most rapid geopolitical transformation in more than a generation.
As more countries normalize relations with Israel, the region is becoming more stable, secure, and prosperous.
Expanded business and financial ties between economies will accelerate growth and economic opportunity across the region
Agreements with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates also help to advance President Trump’s vision for finding a fair and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The United States will continue to stand with the people of the region as they work to build a brighter, more hopeful future.