Two years ago, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of Norway’s Parliament, nominated then-President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tybring-Gjedde did so after the Trump administration cemented a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. In fact, that was one of a few peace agreements Israel struck with Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, during Trump’s time in office. The deals were seen as a way for the former foes to take on a common enemy: Iran.
Now, Trump has offered himself and his negotiating skills to head off a possible conflict between the U.S. and Russia.
At issue is a suspected bombing on Monday of Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines that funnel fuel to Europe.
On Wednesday, the conservative website PJ Media noted that seismologists in Sweden and Denmark believed recent explosions that disrupted Russia’s pipelines were acts of sabotage.
The supposed bombings came as Denmark was about to open its own pipeline to ship gas to Poland, PJ Media noted.
Some anti-Russian analysts have accused Putin of orchestrating a false-flag operation. On the other hand, the Russians could argue that, given the current war, Ukrainian operatives pulled off the caper.
But a video of President Joe Biden vowing to “bring an end” to one of the pipelines has raised suspicion of U.S. involvement.
“If Russia invades, that means troops and tanks crossing the border of Ukraine again, then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it,” Biden said.
Biden made the comments in February, as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited the White House, a couple of weeks before Russia did invade Ukraine.
In fact, Radek Sikorski, a former Polish foreign minister and now a member of the European Parliament, fed suspicion that the U.S. was behind the bombings.
“Thank you, USA,” he tweeted on Tuesday along with a picture of the gas bubbling to the surface of the sea.
Trump had opposed the pipeline. Yet four months after taking office, Biden repealed sanctions his predecessor had levied on the company building the pipeline, allowing it to be completed.
His comments in February reflected his distaste with Russia’s military build-up.
On Wednesday, Trump suggested on his social media platform Truth Social that he could broker peace with all sides.
“Everyone is talking about the big hurricane barreling into Florida, as they should be, but perhaps a far more important event in the longer term was the announcement that the Nord Stream I & II Pipelines out of Russia (which I brought to the World’s attention as President when I explained how crippling reliance on it could be for Germany and other parts of Europe. Everybody laughed at the time, but they are not laughing anymore!) has been SABOTAGED. This could lead to major escalation, or War!” Trump posted.
A little later, he added, “U.S. ‘Leadership’ should remain ‘cool, calm, and dry’ on the SABOTAGE of the Nord Stream Pipelines.”
“This is a big event that should not entail a big solution, at least not yet. The Russia/Ukraine catastrophe should NEVER have happened, and would definitely not have happened if I were President. Do not make matters worse with the pipeline blowup.”
“Be strategic, be smart (brilliant!), get a negotiated deal done NOW. Both sides need and want it,” he concluded.
“The entire World is at stake. I will head up group???”