Trump speaks with Norway’s PM

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-09-33-45US president-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who congratulated him on his election win.

The Trump transition team said in a statement: “The two leaders discussed the strong relationship between the United States and Norway.

“President-elect Trump said he looked forward to participating in alliance building forums to strengthen ties within the global community.”

Vladimir Putin spoke with the US president-elect, Donald Trump, for the first time on Monday last week, with the Russian president keen to emphasise the potential for bilateral cooperation.

A statement from Trump’s transition team said Putin offered congratulations on winning “a historic election”.

“During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical US-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” the statement said.

“President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.”

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the two leaders shared a “phenomenally similar” outlook on foreign policy.

US president-elect Donald Trump has said he will name General James Mattis as Defence Secretary.

Mr Trump made the announcement during a speech in Ohio, his first major rally since winning the election.

Mr Trump hailed Mr Mattis as a “true general’s general”.