Trump mentioned Abe's nomination during a press conference Friday, but made no mention of any US request for a nomination to the Japanese government.
He added the Japanese leader gave him "the most attractive copy" of a five page nomination letter.
Trump said early exchanges with Kim were filled with "fire and fury", but that the two have established a good relationship since their first meeting previous year in Singapore. You know that. Now, all of a sudden they feel good.
"He wrote me lovely letters, and they're great letters". A month before that, South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested Trump should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for the crisis settlement. "He didn't even know what he got it for". He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize.
Japan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that it was aware of Trump's remark but could not comment on details of the exchanges between Trump and Abe. I'll probably never get it.
"Cooperating hand-in-hand with President Trump, I'd like to make all-out efforts to resolve the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abduction issue, as the most important agenda for our country", Abe said. "Nobody talks about that".
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Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, his first year in office, for laying out the USA commitment to "seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons". Coats explained that the intelligence communities "assessment is bolstered by our observations of some activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization".
Friendly foreign figures such as South Korean President Moon Jae-In and former United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson have also mooted Trump as a contender for the prestigious accolade.
Nominations for the highly-esteemed worldwide prize are due every February.
Abe noted while speaking in Parliament on Monday (Japan time) that the Nobel committee does not disclose the parties behind nominations for a half-century. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other global institutions can play. "Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most hard worldwide conflicts".
Critics back then made arguments similar to those of Trump, asking what Obama had actually done to deserve the prestigious award.