The Trump-Macron "Friendship Tree" Has Died

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2019

The tree had been meant to symbolize the friendship between the two nations and was dug into the lawn by the two leaders during a state visit by Macron in April 2018.

Relations between the two leaders have not been so warm since, with the two leaders branching out in separate directions on various issues.

The photo of US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House was said to symbolise the friendship shown by the two leaders.

100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom.

The White House did not confirm the tree's death.

More than 1,800 American forces were killed in the battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918.

The oak that sprouted on battlegrounds during World War I was a gift from Macron as a reminder of the "ties that bind" the nations.

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

The tree was reportedly never planted and died in quarantine. The report was confirmed by Le Figaro and AFP.

Benjamin Haddad, a Europe expert at the think-tank Atlantic Council, told Le Monde that tensions became apparent around the time the presidents planted the friendship tree together.

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