Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

Macron to Send Replacement "Friendship Tree" to Trump After Original Has Died

Macron to Send Replacement

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to send a new oak tree to President Trump after the original one he gave to Trump during a White House visit a year ago died.

The world is going through a profound crisis and could be on the brink of a time of war, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a speech on Tuesday, calling for a global effort to address the dangers of inequality, unchecked technology and climate change.

However, while speaking with RTS, Macron said its death should not be seen as a symbol for French-US relations.

Trump and the French president planted the oak tree in the White House's gardens in April 2018 as a sign of friendship.

The tree, from Belleau Wood in France where nearly 2,000 American soldiers died in a World War One battle, had been dug up not long after it was planted. In an interview broadcast Tuesday June 11, 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to send a new oak to President Donald Trump after the tree he gave him during last year's state visit to the United States died.

It died in quarantine after being dug up.

Despite chilly relations between Russian Federation and France over the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders of both countries maintain cooperation. "This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us", Macron tweeted at the time.

Macron said that he objects to Weber becoming European Union commission president, as Weber was unknown to voters in Europe and had not campaigned across Europe.

However, some European politicians have expressed reservations about Mr Weber, the notionally conservative candidate, including Mr Macron, with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez pushing for a more left-wing candidate in the role to implement a progressive agenda in the EU, including greater integration of EU institutions.

"I think that's their style".

"I think that chaos is here".

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