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Trump: 'I Would Get a Nobel Prize if They Gave It Out Fairly'

U.S. president makes comment during bilateral meeting with Pakistani prime minister at UNGA, after reporter suggests he should receive the honors if he mediates between India and Pakistan over Kashmir

Trump speaking to reporters ahead of a bilateral meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, New York, September 24, 2019
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U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he would receive many Nobel Peace Prizes if they were given out "fairly." 

Trump made the comment while speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the United Nations General Assembly.

Responding to a query on the tensions between India and Pakistan over the contested region of Kashmir, Trump expressed hope the two countries could come together and "do something that's really smart and good for both. There's always a solution."

After a reporter said the president is likely to be awarded the prize if he successfully mediated between Islamabad and Delhi over the disputed Himalayan territory, Trump said: "I think I would get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things if they gave it out fairly, which they don't."

"They gave one to Obama immediately upon his ascent to the presidency, and he didn't even know what he got it for," Trump joked, adding: "And you know what? That's the only thing I agreed with him on."

Muslim-majority Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Both countries rule parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. Two of the three wars they have fought have been over it.

"If I can help, I'd like to help," said Trump. "I want everyone to be treated well."

Pakistani march in a rally in the support of Indian controlled Kashmir peoples during a protest in Karachi, September 22, 2019
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Khan told Trump Kashmir was facing a humanitarian issue with millions under siege. He asked Trump to implore Modi to lift the siege, saying the crisis could get much worse.

"At least lift the siege," said Khan.

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He said Trump heads the most powerful country in the world and that the United States has a responsibility to use its influence on the United Nations Security Council.

"We look to the U.S. to put out flames in the world," he said.

Trump noted that Modi in his speech had made "a very aggressive statement" before more than 50,000 Indian-Americans at a "Howdy Modi" event on Sunday in Houston.

"I will say it was very well-received within the room, the statement itself. But it was a very aggressive statement and I hope that they are going to be able to come together, India and Pakistan, to do something that is really smart and good for both. There's always a solution and I really believe there's a solution to that," said Trump