Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Tree planted by Trump and France's Macron mysteriously disappears

Tree planted by Trump and France's Macron mysteriously disappears

A pale patch of grass was left in its place.

The tree, a gift from the French president, comes from Belleau Woods, near the Marne River in France.

An official in Macron's office told the Associated Press Monday that Trump insisted on holding a symbolic planting ceremony alongside Macron despite the quarantine requirement.

But many may not have even known there was a mystery at all, following the apparent disappearance of the sapling that was ceremonially planted by the two leaders and their wives last week during the state visit of France's president.

Awkward footage showed her snubbing Mr Trump's attempts to grab her hand as the couple welcomed the Macrons to the White House.

The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of US Marine Corps legend.

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In fact, 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. The missing sapling is simply in quarantine, as is required for plants and animals brought into the USA from outside the country.

The French ambassador to the United States also clarified that the roots to the tree had initially been wrapped in plastic, so that it would not contaminate the ground during the ceremonial planting.

When gifting it to Trump, the French president tweeted: 'This Oak Tree, (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us'.

Reuters reported that the tree grew near the "Devil Dog" fountain.

During his White House visit, Macron floated the possibility of a "new deal" that would complete the current accord by making its terms stricter in several areas.

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