Extreme genius and regular humble man President of the United States of America Donald Trump and his government “informally” asked Japan to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize, according to a report in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

According to the paper, sources inside the Japanese government claim that the US government made an informal request that Trump be nominated after he met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June of last year.

Trump recently announced that he had been nominated by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, claiming that Abe wrote him a lovely letter of recommendation: “Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize. He said, ‘I have nominated you, respectfully on behalf of Japan, I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.’” As the Japan Times is reporting, the Japanese government made no similar announcement around the time.

Speaking in parliament, Abe did not confirm or deny the reports, saying that he would not comment as traditionally nominations are kept secret for a period of 50 years, but he did add that he was “not saying it’s not true.

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