Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a campaign rally in Portland, March 3, 2016.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage and six other Republican governors are backing President Donald Trump’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in a letter sent this week to the committee overseeing the awards.

LePage and six fellow governors wrote to Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen, citing what they called Trump’s “transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula.” Earlier this month, 18 U.S. House Republicans formally nominated Trump, who’s preparing for a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

LePage was an early supporter of Trump during the Republican presidential nominating process in 2016 and has met often with the president’s administration since Trump assumed the office last year.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo also signed the letter backing Trump’s nomination.

BDN writer Michael Shepherd and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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