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.

At the joint press conference held during Merkel's March visit to the USA, she pointedly took Trump to task for relegating most of his communiques to the one-sided format of social media, notably through his tweets, unambiguously stating, "It's much better to talk to one another than about one another".

Trump and Merkel participated in a discussion on vocational training during the German leader's March visit to the White House.

Prior to Britain's European Union referendum, former US President Barack Obama warned British voters that leaving the bloc would put the country at the "back of the queue" in terms of a trade deal.

The newspaper Berliner Zeitung said German officials would "certainly be hoping that the president's daughter will convey a positive image of Germany to her father as a result of her short visit".

However, German finance minister Wolfgang Scauble said on Friday he was optimistic that a US-EU trade deal could be reached soon after he met up with his US counterpart in Washington.

The EU and the United States had begun negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership under then-President Barack Obama, but the work was not completed.

Ten times Trump asked if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany. "Every time she replied 'You can't do a trade deal with Germany, only with the European Union'".

"On the 11th refusal, Trump finally got the message, 'Oh, we'll do a deal with Europe then'".

He said he had seen a relaxation in the EU's dispute with the U.S. 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.

Trump's new stance is similar to the one adopted by former president Barack Obama, who warned that the United Kingdom would be "at the back of the queue" if it followed through with Brexit.

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