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Trump And Macron’s Symbolic ‘Friendship Tree’ Has Died


Trump And Macron’s Symbolic ‘Friendship Tree’ Has Died

An oak tree Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump planted together last year to symbolize French-American ties has died, according to The Guardian.

Macron gifted the sapling to Trump during the French leader’s state visit to Washington in 2018. The young oak came from a forest in northern France where 2,000 US soldiers died in World War I, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

The French president tweeted at the time that the sapling would be “a reminder … of these ties that bind us” and the “tenacity of the friendship” of the two nations.

“100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom. This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us,” Macron tweeted in April 2018.

Video showed the leaders planting the tree together in the South Lawn of the White House as first lady Melania Trump and Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron, watched.

But a few days later, the tree was no longer in the garden, and only a patch of yellow grass could be seen, The Guardian reported.

Then-French Ambassador Gérard Araud confirmed that the oak tree had to be uprooted to be inspected in “quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported into the U.S.”

The Guardian reports the sapling was never replanted and died during the quarantine.


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