Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

France will send new 'friendship tree' to Trump after last one died

France will send new 'friendship tree' to Trump after last one died

"It's no big drama", Macron told Swiss television, indicating that although the tree was given as a token of the friendship between France and the U.S., the dead oak is not indicative of the up-and-down relationship between the two countries. "The symbol was us planting it together", Macron said.

He told Swiss public broadcaster RTS: "We will send him another, it is not a tragedy".

The small oak, a ceremonial gift from France to the United States, was bestowed to Trump during Macron's April 2018 state visit. It turns out that this oak was put in quarantine for American sanitary reasons and the poor thing did not survive.

At the time, Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the USA, said the tree would be replanted following its time in quarantine. "I'll send another oak because I think the US marines and the friendship for freedom between our peoples is well worth it".

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The oak had been uprooted from its original position at the site of the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, which involved USA troops.

"It would not be good to leave Russian Federation to China", he added, reminding that Europe should "never forget the price [the Soviet Union] paid" in World War II to free the continent from Nazi Germany.

The two leaders commemorated their countries' relationship by planting the sapling in the grounds of the White House but United States officials this week confirmed that it had died.

Yet despite the symbolic setback, officials in both countries say Trump and Macron have been getting along well. "We have disagreements but we continue working together", TASS cited the French leader as saying. Macron has been openly critical of Trump's increasingly "America First" mentality in the past year, when it comes to issues ranging from climate change to the Iran nuclear deal.

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