The French leader had offered the young oak tree to Trump during a state visit to Washington in 2018.
US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron scoop dirt on a freshly planted oak while Brigitte Macron and First Lady Melania Trump watch a tree planting ceremony on the southern lawn of the White House in Washington on April 23, 2018. (REUTERS / Steve Holland)
Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron sends a replacement oak tree to US President Donald Trump after the original has been dug up from the White House garden and has died.
The French leader had offered the young oak to Trump during a state visit to Washington in 2018, and the two kicked dirt around it under the watchful eye of their wife and cameras from around the world. The tree was a symbolic gesture and came from a northern French forest where 2,000 American Marines died during the First World War.
But after the cameras left, the young oak was dug up and put in quarantine – where he died shortly thereafter, and many saw it as a symbol of ties between the US and France, which have since become ragged about issues ranging from Iran to trade.
"The poor thing did not survive," Macron said Tuesday, when he also asked journalists "not to search for meaning where there is none." "I will send another."
The two leaders recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day together, with Macron – who was an outspoken critic of Trump & # 39; s nationalism and isolationist tendencies – taking the opportunity to post a message to his American to send the visitor. "America is never as big as when it fights for the freedom of others," he said.
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