Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday that President Donald Trump should win a Nobel Peace Prize for helping forge “historic peace agreements.”
“I know the president’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize,” Johnson said during a video conference with GOP supporters. “He should win at least one of them.”
Earlier this month at the White House, Serbia and Kosovo signed an economic normalization deal.
“It’s President Trump, his leadership, his brilliant negotiating strategy that brought those sides together to help bring stability to the Balkans,” Johnson said.
The U.S. has also brokered peace deals between Israel and two Gulf states, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, was dismissive of Johnson’s prize push for the president and said: “I think I’m going to nominate Ron Johnson for the lips-firmly-attached-to-someone’s-buttocks award, for that one.”
Johnson also said Monday that the U.S. Senate committee he chairs is poised to release a report aimed at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“Stay tuned. In about a week we’re going to learn a whole lot more of Vice President Biden’s unfitness for office,” said Johnson, chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Republicans have claimed that Biden as vice president influenced U.S. policy toward Ukraine because his son Hunter was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. Several news outlets have found the claims to be discredited.
Democrats dispute that claim and are expected to release a minority report.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates accused Johnson of “wasting months diverting” the Homeland Security committee “away from any oversight of the catastrophically botched federal response to the pandemic.”
“Why? To subsidize a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars — an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore right-wing conspiracy theory that hinges on Senator Johnson himself being corrupt and that the Senator has now explicitly stated he is attempting to exploit to bail out Donald Trump’s re-election campaign,” Bates said.