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RNC 2020 live online GOP from Charlotte: Republican delegates nominates Trump for reelection

Charlotte (United States), 24/08/2020.- US President Donald J. Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 24 August 2020. The 2020 RNC is scheduled for 24 to 27 August 2020 and expected

Republican convention Day 1: 24 August 2020

WATCH: The 2020 Republican National Convention

Trump says a few early words

The president took to the stage to speak to those in attendance. In his own inimitable way he referenced the "plague from China" being the only thing getting in the way of the best economy in the history of the world ever.

He was also keen to point out the importance of this election, "the most important in the country's history" stating that there are two hugely different paths on offer to Americans.

Today's theme: "Land of Promise"

Speakers: A maximum of 336 delegates will meet in the morning from 09:00 to 13:00 (ET) before conducting a night-time roll call in which Trump and Pence will officially be nominated.

The Great American Story

The theme of the nominating convention will be "Honouring the Great American Story", and will culminate in a live acceptance speech from Trump on Thursday night on the South Lawn of the White House.

The White House grounds will also be used on Tuesday night, when First Lady Melania Trump and Trump's adult children will speak from the Rose Garden.

Trump arrives

US President Donald Trump arrived at the site of the Republican convention in North Carolina on Monday, ending speculation about whether he would make a surprise appearance.

Our understanding is that the current Oval Office incumbent will make his voice heard every night of the convention. There should be around 300 guests in attendance to listen to what he has to say.

Virtual reelection plan

Beginning today, Monday 24 August, the Republican party event is set to run for four days.

As per the Democratic version, this event is being scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic with many virtual speeches and events forming part of the convention experience instead of the huge attendances.

GOP convention 2020 opening night: welcome

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the opening night of the Republican Convention.

Afetr Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were formally confirmed as the Democratic party's presidential ticket at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attention now turns to the Republican push for a President Donald Trump's reelection.