COLUMBIA, S.C. — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a letter with six fellow governors backing President Trump’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The letter was organized by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and cites what the group 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, the 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.”

The letter follows one from 18 U.S. House Republicans, who this month formally nominated Trump for the award amid preparations for a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. However, South Korean media reported Tuesday that North Korea had canceled a planned high-level meeting between the two Koreas, and that the North is threatening to cancel the summit with Trump.

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.

Governors are not listed among those who can officially make Nobel nominations, according to the organization’s website.

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-Gov. Nikki Haley as his U.N. ambassador.

Trump is backing McMaster in next month’s five-way South Carolina Republican primary. The president appeared at an October fundraiser, and McMaster has featured footage from that event prominently in his television ads.

Other signatories to the governors’ letter include Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo; Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant; Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer; Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey; and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

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