Published: Wed, June 12, 2019

Oak Tree symbolizing Donald Trump, Emmanuel diacritic friendly relationship Is Dead

Oak Tree symbolizing Donald Trump, Emmanuel diacritic friendly relationship Is Dead

Unfortunately the tree was never replanted and the diplomatic source has revealed that it died during its quarantine.

The friendship tree has died. "This oak tree.will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us", wrote Macron at the time on Twitter.

Macron and Trump, wielding gold-coloured spades, shovelled dirt around it, while being watched by first ladies Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump and the world's press during the April 2018 state visit.

The sapling died while in quarantine.

By November a year ago, relations between the two presidents had soured, with Trump tweeting his displeasure over Macron's comments about nationalism and the need for Europe to develop its own defence force independent of the United States, it said.

But relations between France and the U.S. have since frayed - over issues ranging from Iran to trade - and the tree did not survive, a diplomatic source said this week.


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

The tree then died as it underwent inspection, a diplomatic source told French newspaper Le Monde last week.

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

The reports of the tree's death come as Trump and Macron disagree on key issues from trade to climate to the Iran deal.

"It was during this visit to Washington that Emmanuel Macron understood that Donald Trump would not budge", Haddad said.

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