Macron to send Trump a new oak tree

Macron to send new tree to Trump after oak gift died

Macron to send new tree to Trump after oak gift died

United States 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.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to send a new oak to US President Donald Trump after the tree he gave him during last year's state visit to the United States died. Shortly after being planted, it had to be ripped out root and stem and placed in quarantine where it later died.

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Macron said today that the tree's death is not symbolic of a strain in relations between France and the US. It turns out that this oak was put in quarantine for American sanitary reasons and the poor thing did not survive. "I'll send another oak because I think the US marines and the friendship for freedom between our peoples is well worth it". "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.

Gerard Araud, then the French ambassador to America, confirmed at the time that the tree had been moved and said it would be replanted at a later date.

The two leaders recently marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day together, with Macron - who has been an outspoken critic of Trump's nationalism and isolationist tendencies - using the occasion to send a message to his American visitor.

The two leaders have recently disagreed on approaches to trade and a nuclear deal with Iran.

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