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A Nobel prize for Trump -- or not so fast?

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A decade after Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, could his White House successor Donald Trump follow suit for navigating the thorny North Korean nuclear standoff?

The very idea, put forward by a handful of Republican lawmakers in a letter nominating the U.S. president for the esteemed award, is enough to make his American and international detractors cringe.

And many observers have been left flummoxed by a debate widely seen as premature -- to put it mildly.

But the whispers are no doubt sweet music to the ears of the 71-year-old businessman, who assumed the presidency with no political, military or diplomatic experience, and whose thirst for recognition is firmly established.

"That's very nice, thank you. That's very nice," a smiling Trump said as supporters at a campaign-style rally last Saturday in Michigan chanted "No-bel! No-bel!"

"I just want to get the job done," he proclaimed, after fondly pronouncing the word "Nobel."

Three days later in the Oval Office, Trump returned to the topic, saying it was "very generous" of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to suggest the U.S. leader -- rather than himself -- was deserving of the prestigious........

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