US president Donald Trump will attend the NATO summit in December, the White House has confirmed.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit the UK from December 2 to December 4 for the NATO event which will be attended by heads of state and government.

Leaders will attend a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 3 December before meeting to discuss security challenges the following day at The Grove hotel in Chandlers Cross.

A statement on the White House website reads: "President Trump looks forward to meeting with the other NATO Heads of State and government to review the Alliance’s unprecedented progress on burden-sharing, including adding more than $100 billion in new defence spending since 2016.

"The President will also emphasize the need for the NATO Alliance to ensure its readiness for the threats of tomorrow, including those emanating from cyberspace, those affecting our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, and those posed by terrorism."

This week, Hertfordshire Constabulary confirmed a major security operation will be in place in the area and advised people to work from home if possible.

The following roads and paths will be closed while the event is ongoing.

  • Grove Mill Lane will be closed from 6am on Monday, December 2 to 8pm on December 4.
  • Fir Tree Hill and Langleybury Lane will be closed from 6am on Tuesday, December 3 to 8pm on Wednesday, December 4.
  • Hempstead Road - from Hunton Bridge roundabout to Courtlands Drive junction - will be closed from 11pm on Tuesday, December 3 to 8pm on Wednesday, December 4.
  • The Grand Union Canal and its towpath - from Lady Capels Wharf to Cassiobury Park - will be closed to boats and pedestrians from 7pm on Monday, December 2 to 8pm on Wednesday, December 4
  • All rights of way across the hotel site will be closed between 4pm on Tuesday, December 3 and 8pm on Wednesday, December 4.

The flying and use of drone equipment will not be allowed.

Watford Chief Inspector Matt Phillips said: "Whilst it is inevitable that such a high profile event will cause some disruption, we aim to ensure that any impact on the local residents and businesses is kept to an absolute minimum and are working closely with our partners to achieve this.

"We are now in a position to share information ahead of the event in order to allow the community the time to plan accordingly and mitigate the impact it may have on their day to day lives.

"Increased traffic congestion is anticipated therefore residents and visitors are asked to consider their plans, such as finding alternative means of transport or working from home."

Trump's last visit to the UK was in June as part of a state visit. He met the Queen but his visit was met with large protests in the capital.