NEW YORK — President Donald Trump and Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai have been linked for months in news reports and in Twitter feuds, with both women accusing the other of perpetuating the same narratives that they themselves have been accused of perpetrating.
The president and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations have both declined to comment on the controversy, but the president has not hesitated to use his Twitter account to lash out at Yousfzai.
The White House said in a statement that the pair are friends and the president’s tweet, posted Saturday, is in reference to their shared friendship.
“We have both received great praise for our courage and courage to speak out about the ongoing war on terror,” the statement read.
Trump and Yousifzai first met in 2014 at the U of N, and she told a United Nations panel in January that he invited her to the White House and she was hesitant at first.
When they got there, Trump told her that he had made a commitment to honor his campaign promises to the people of Pakistan, the White Star Line wrote in the statement.
In 2015, the two women met in New York and shared a similar message: to stop the bombing of schools and hospitals, to end U.N. sanctions and end the war in Afghanistan, the statement continued.
Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., were also present at the meeting.
But Trump’s statement on Saturday read: “It’s important to note that Malala is a strong woman, and this year she received a Nobel Prize for her work.
I respect and admire her courage.”
Yousafza, a Pakistani-American educator and writer, is also the only person in the Nobel Peace prize voting field to receive an award.
She was born in 1979 in the Swat Valley and became a Pakistani national in 2010.
She said she has always been proud to be a part of the Uyghur community, and the country is proud of her for standing up for what is right.
After winning the Nobel Prize in 2010, she told The Associated Press that she felt that people needed to know the truth about what has been happening in Pakistan and what the United States is doing in Afghanistan.
She said she felt like there is a lot of misinformation out there and it needs to be brought out.
Yousfza was the only one of the four recipients of the Nobel in 2013, and her father said his daughter’s work was crucial to the cause of peace.
The president tweeted Saturday that he appreciated Yousaffza’s courage and called her a champion.
Trump also tweeted: “I am so proud of Malala, who is an incredible woman, who has fought tirelessly for her people.
Her courage and determination are beyond measure.
The Nobel Peace laureates will be honored at a news conference on Monday in Oslo.