NATO leaders will be meeting for talks today at a luxury hotel near Watford following receptions at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and several members of the Royal Family and at Downing Street on Tuesday. The two-day summit has thus far been overshadowed by tensions between allies. But what will Donald Trump’s speech on Wednesday reveal and how can you watch it live?
On Tuesday, the 29 NATO member states met for the first day of the special anniversary summit.
During talks and a news conference tensions became evident, particularly between Mr Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The political leaders sparred over NATO’s role, Turkey and the Islamic State fighters, after the relationship between the men was already strained due to a dispute regarding trade and taxation.
Mr Macron last month queried the USA’s commitment to NATO, reporting it was fading.Donald Trump speech live stream: When will Donald Trump speak to the world at the NATO summit today? (Image: GETTY)Donald Trump speech live stream: Donald and Melania Trump outside No. 10 Downing Street (Image: GETTY)
The French leader told the Economist NATO is beomcing brain-dead.
He said: “What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO.”
The alliance, Mr Macron is quoted as saying, “only works if the guarantor of last resort functions as such. I’d argue that we should reassess the reality of what Nato is in the light of the commitment of the United States”.
The French leader also urged Europe to start thinking of itself as a “geopolitical power” to ensure it remained “in control” of its destiny.Donald Trump speech live stream: Tensions between Mr Trump and Mr Macron have been high (Image: GETTY)
In response, Mr Trump hit back at Mr Macron, calling him out for his “very disrespectful” and “nasty” comments.
On Wednesday, the final day of the 70th-anniversary summit, leaders will gather for a group photograph, before holding a three-hour formal meeting at The Grove in Watford.
The meeting today is expected to cover important issues affecting NATO states including cyber-attacks and China.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to speak about NATO unity and its importance in protecting “nearly a billion people”.
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Mr Johnson and Mr Trump met on Tuesday to discuss NATO defence spending and the situation in Syria.
The formal bilateral talks had not been officially scheduled but were held during Tuesday night’s reception.
The PM also held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Syria, Libya and counterterrorism.Donald Trump speech live stream: The Trumps attended the Palace reception on Tuesday with the Queen (Image: GETTY)Donald Trump speech live stream: Boris Johnson is expected to speak on the topic of NATO unity on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)
When will Donald Trump speak today?
According to the US President’s official schedule, he arrived at the Grove around 8.55am GMT (3.55 ET).
He will then participate in an official welcome with the Secretary General of NATO and Mr Johnson at 9.20am local time (4.20 ET).
From 10am (5am ET) to 11.40am (6.40am ET), Mr Trump will participate in a NATO plenary session, before the US leader undertakes a bilateral meeting with Ms Merkel at 12.30pm (7.30am ET).
The NATO two percenters - the seven countries which contribute more than 2 percent of their countries GDP and is made up of the USA, Greece, the UK, Estonia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania - will gather for a working lunch.
The lunch will start 1.15pm (8.15am ET), before Mr Trump undertakes bilateral pull-asides with the Danish PM and Italian Republic PM.
After that, Mr Trump will participate in a press conference where he is expected to deliver a speech before returning to the USA.
The press conference will take place at 3.30pm local time (10.30am ET).
You can watch a live stream of the speechhere.