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Macron to send Trump replacement friendship tree

Macron to send new tree to Trump after oak gift died The Trump-Macron "Friendship Tree" Has Died
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2019, 19:46

French President Emmanuel Macron downplayed the death of an oak tree he had offered U.S. President Donald Trump past year on Tuesday, saying people shouldn't read symbols into everything and that he would send the American leader a new tree. It was created to celebrate the special relationship between the USA and France.

Macron said he plans to send another oak from the Belleau Wood in northern France.

By November previous year, relations between the two presidents had soured, with Trump tweeting his displeasure over Macron's comments about nationalism and the need for Europe to develop its own defence force independent of the US.

However, while speaking with RTS, Macron said its death should not be seen as a symbol for French-US relations.

It died in quarantine after being dug up.

President Donald Trump and Macron originally planted the European sessile oak together in April 2018 when Macron made his first official state visit to the White House.

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

Then-French Ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud said that the tree was "enclosed in plastic protection" during the planting ceremony, as it had to be quarantined per U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on foreign plants to prevent possible soil contamination.

The French President added: "It so happened that this oak tree for quarantine sanitary reasons did not survive the quarantine in America. the poor thing did not survive because it had to go through quite a tough diet".

Macron is at odds over the American's unilateralist approach to trade, climate change and a nuclear deal with Iran.

"I will send another oak tree because I think the US Marines and the friendship for the freedom between our peoples is worth it", he said.

"And I think it is our generation's responsibility not to wait for a new war but to look at the world as it is", Macron said.