Has the tree symbolising the Trump/Macron friendship died?


The friendship tree has died.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron plant a tree watched by Trump's wife Melania and Macron's wife Brigitte on the grounds of the White House. In a tweet at the time, Macron said: "100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom".

All things considered, though, Trump's recent D-Day visit seemed to go fairly well in terms of relations with Macron. The French President had reportedly given a backup sapling as well to Trump but the tree was never replanted, AFP reported. A diplomatic source told the news agency Agence France Presse that it had died during quarantine.

"It is a quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported into the US", Gerard Araud, then the French ambassador to America, wrote on Twitter, adding that it would be replanted later.

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The oak originally sprouted at the site of the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, where about 2,000 United States troops died fighting the Germans in 1918.

For all their camaraderie, Macron and Trump are at odds on some fundamental issues, including the multinational nuclear deal, which is aimed at restricting Iran's development of nuclear weapons.

The death of the tree was first reported in France's Le Monde newspaper last week, during Trump's visit to the beaches of Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The yellowed grass where a tree was planted by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron.