Trump on Georgia’s NATO Membership: ‘Not Right Now’

Trump on Georgia’s NATO Membership: ‘Not Right Now’

Trump on Georgia’s NATO Membership: ‘Not Right Now’

The FINANCIAL -- United States President Donald Trump, who took part in the NATO Summit in Brussels, spoke on Georgia at a press conference on July 12, saying the country has a chance to join the Alliance, but “not right now.”

“At a certain point they have a chance, not right now,” Trump said. He also noted that “it is a tough situation with Georgia,” but the Georgian delegation made “a very favorable impression.”

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, who leads the Georgian delegation to the NATO Brussels Summit, had a brief encounter with President Donald Trump at the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting today.

According to Margvelashvili’s press office, the Georgian President stressed the importance of strengthening partnership between the two countries, highlighting U.S. role in supporting Georgia’s NATO membership aspirations.

Margvelashvili’s Foreign Affairs Secretary, Tengiz Pkhaladze said Georgia’s contribution to NATO’s international missions and the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership was also reiterated at the meeting.