Trump and Macron's 'friendship tree' dies in quarantine

Trump and Macron plant the tree, watched by Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump

Monday, June 10, 2019

An oak tree planted to mark the friendship between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron has died in quarantine.

The tree was gifted to Mr Trump by French president Macron during his state visit to Washington DC in April last year, and the pair were pictured planting it on the White House South Lawn.

The oak came from Belleau Wood in northern France, where thousands of Americans died during World War One.

In a tweet posted during his visit, Mr Macron wrote: "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.”

A few days after it was planted, the tree was pulled up and taken into quarantine, as is custom for imported living organisms.

But it has emerged that the tree has now died, with French media outlet Le Monde first reporting its demise last week.

The death comes as relations worsen between the two presidents.

The pair have disagreed on a range of issues in the months since the tree was planted, including the Iran nuclear deal, the environment and trade.

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