Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

France gave Trump a 'friendship tree' - it died quickly

France gave Trump a 'friendship tree' - it died quickly

The oak tree was first planted in the garden of the White House past year.

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

The tree was reportedly never planted and died in quarantine.

Just months after Macron's state visit and the tree planting, President Trump unleashed an angry Twitter jab at the French president.

A sapling oak, which French President Emmanuel Macron brought to America as a gift to US President Donald Trump in April 2018 and which was planted on the Southern Lawn of the White House, has died while in quarantine.

At the time of the tree's planting, president Macron tweeted: "100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom".

The tree, which came from a forest where 2,000 USA soldiers died in WWI, was taken to quarantine a few days after being planted.

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Gerard Araud, who was the French ambassador to the U.S. at the time, confirmed that the oak tree had to be uprooted to be inspected in quarantine.

USA officials this weekend said it had died prompting a flurry of social media posts comparing its death to the hard relationship the two leaders have had since that visit.

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

Quarantine is mandatory for any living organism imported to the U.S. Le Monde reported the demise, confirmed to the Agence France-Presse by a "diplomatic source".

But the relationship went south past year when Mr Trump slammed French plans for a European army and mocked Mr Macron over the "yellow vest" anti-government demonstrations that swept through France.

Trump took office in 2016 and Macron was elected as president of France in 2017 and both seemed to immediately hit it off, a surprising development given Trump's rocky relationship with other European leaders.

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