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America’s new President and Georgia

By Messenger Staff
Friday, November 11
The United States of America has elected its new, 45th President, real-estate tycoon and political newcomer Donald Trump, whose victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton has appeared stunning for many in Georgia and abroad.

It can be said that when Trump announced his presidential goals last year, he was universally ridiculed and seen as a political outsider. However reality proved to be different .Shortly after the announcement of the outcomes of the elections, Georgia’s top officials sent their congratulations to Mr. Trump on his victory, stressing that Georgia and the United States would definitely continue their active, strategic partnership.

US diplomats serving in Georgia also stressed their country would stand by Georgia and vowed even more future support.

The Administration of the President of Georgia also mentioned “more prospects for Georgia-US relations in the future”.

President’s Parliamentary Secretary, ex-Deputy Defence Minister Anna Dolidze highlighted that Georgia and the US have enjoyed more than 20-year of “stable cooperation” and the strong friendly ties would not be weakened whether America is led by a Republican or Democrat President.

“Moreover, Georgia-US relations have advanced to the strategic partnership level under a Republican President of the United States,” Dolidze said, referring to George W Bush.

Members of the opposition United National Movement (UNM) also say the positive ties between the two nations will remain unchanged, but stress that the current Georgian authorities must be very active to promote new connections with Trump and his administration.

One of the leaders of the opposition Republican Party, Levan Berdzenishvili, also does not see grounds for change in Georgia-US relations, but he says Trump’s presidency would be a “test for democracy, as many statements of the new President were always not in harmony with democratic values”.

It is hard to definitely say what may happen. However, world powers such as the United States always act based on their national interests and not personal views, as narrow, personal interests are mainly opposed by other, independent and powerful state institutions.