On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives met with Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Prime Minister’s residence in Oslo. The trip to Norway, which lasted from April 17-19, also included meetings with Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide and Foreign Minister Børge Brende, touring the U.S. prepositioning site in Værnes, meeting with members of the U.S. Marine Corps Rotational Forces – Europe and visiting Norway’s National Joint Headquarters in Bodø. After visiting Norway, the delegation travels to the United Kingdom, Poland, and Estonia.
The goal of the European trip is to strengthen ties with NATO allies and deepen trans-Atlantic political and economic relationships.
The delegation consisted of House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), and Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL).
See a slide show from the U.S. House of Representatives delegation’s visit to Norway here: