Ivanka Trump advocates for women, girls in trip to Berlin

Ivanka Trump, listens as her father President Donald Trump, talks via a video conference to astronauts on the International Space Station, Monday, April 24, 2017, from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

This is Trump's first official global visit since taking a role in her father's administration, AP reports.

But Reuters reported that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday he was optimistic a US-EU trade deal could be reached soon after he met his US counterpart in Washington.

It has been claimed that Donald Trump has somewhat softened his stance on a US-EU trade deal after his recent meeting with Angela Merkel the Chancellor of Germany, despite what appeared at the time to be some very cold body language.

The pair's first meeting is perhaps best remembered for the US President's refusal to shake hands with the German leader during a White House press event.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal between the European Union and USA, which was shelved after Mr Trump's election victory, may now be revived or a new deal proposed, experts believe.

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Mr Ross confirmed in an interview with the Financial Times the proposed EU-US trade deal - originally negotiated under President Obama - is something Mr Trump is likely to restore.

"Every time she replied, "You can't do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU", the politician said.

Phil Hogan, the agriculture commissioner, suggested Britain is facing a "bloodbath" over a proposed trade deal with the US.

However, a trade deal with Europe is far more lucrative for the U.S. than a deal with Britain.

He said he had seen a relaxation in the EU's dispute with the USA over trade and believed a "non-confrontational solution" would be reached when financial leaders of the world's top 20 economies converge in Hamburg in July. His comment was denounced by people campaigning to leave the European Union, who claimed that the United Kingdom would be free to negotiate quick trade deals with major global economies once it had left the EU.

  • Douglas Reid