Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the US government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Japanese leader had given him "the most beautiful copy" of a five-page nomination letter, Trump said at a White House news conference.
The US government had sounded Abe out over the Noble Peace Prize nomination after Trump`s summit in June last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president, the Asahi said, citing an unnamed Japanese government source.
A spokesman for Japan`s Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said the ministry was aware of Trump`s remarks, but "would refrain from commenting on the interaction between the two leaders."
The White House had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.
The Nobel Foundation`s website says a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria, which includes current heads of states. Under the foundation`s rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations cannot
The allegation was made in the Asahi newspaper. Trump had on Friday said Abe had given him 'the most beautiful copy' of a five-page nomination letter.