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Trump-Macron tree planted at White House disappears

Trump-Macron tree planted at White House disappears


President Trump and Emmanuel Macron’s “bromance” may not have taken root right away.


A tree planted at the White House by the commander-in-chief and his French counterpart during an official state visit last week has disappeared from the spot where it commemorated the Franco-American alliance.


Macron gave the oak sapling to Trump and the pair used golden shovels to plant it on the lawn in a display of camaraderie for the cameras.

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron walk to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Trump said the partnership he forged with Macron at the start of his presidency was a testament to the "enduring friendship that binds our two nations."  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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However, a shot by a Reuters photographer this weekend has prompted questions about how the plant was able to make like a tree and leave.

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The tree’s Ent-like movement created a tizzy in French media, with broadcaster BFMTV asking if it was “an act of malice, withdrawal for a new planting in a more favorable season, even a diplomatic incident?”

The pair planted the tree, which came from Belleau Woods northeast of Paris, outside the White House last week.

The pair planted the tree, which came from Belleau Woods northeast of Paris, outside the White House last week.

(JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


An official in Macron’s office told the Associated Press Monday that the tree was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory, to stop invasive insect species — but that Trump insisted on holding the symbolic ceremony anyway, knowing that the tree would be taken away.


The sapling was taken from the woods northeast of Paris, where nearly 2,000 American soldiers died during World War I.

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