Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and a group of fellow governors are backing President Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing what they called Trump's "transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula."
In a letter this week to Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen, Bryant and six fellow governors wrote that Trump's "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, friendship and unity between the two Koreas — and the rest of the world."
Other signatories to the governors' letter include Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo; Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer; Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey; West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice; and Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
Bryant tweeted out Tuesday: "I was proud to sign the letter supporting @realDonaldTrump for the Nobel Peace Prize. What he has accomplished on the Korean Peninsula certainly makes him deserving."
The letter follows one from 18 U.S. House Republicans, who earlier this month formally nominated Trump for the award amid preparations for a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has also promoted the idea, sending an email encouraging supporters to "Nominate President Trump to Win the Nobel Peace Prize" by adding their name to a list.
Since Trump's campaign in 2016, he and Bryant have been both allies and friends. In December, at Bryant's invitation, Trump attended the opening of the History of Mississippi Museum and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was an early Trump supporter in the 2016 election, formally backing him ahead of South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary. Then the state's lieutenant governor, the longtime South Carolina politician became governor when Trump picked then-governor Nikki Haley as his United Nations ambassador.
Trump is backing McMaster in next month's five-way South Carolina GOP primary. The president appeared at an October fundraiser, and McMaster has featured footage from that event prominently in his television ads.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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