This is despite warnings any attempt to enter formal talks before Brexit is complete would be illegal and could sour Britain’s negotiations with the European Union.
Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee for US Trade Representative, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are among those said to be putting the deal together.
President Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and his chief strategist Steve Bannon have also been consulted, it was claimed.
The news will infuriate European leaders who last week suggested that they will only move forward with their own trade talks once the UK has settled its Brexit bill, which they claim could be as much as £50billion, and reach an agreement on the rights of EU citizens.
A source close to Mr Trump said: “The US/UK trade deal is a key priority for the President. Given the calibre of the people he has working on the deal and their proximity to Trump, it is clear the commitment he gave Prime Minister May about securing a deal is being given the Rolls-Royce treatment.”
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