The tree planted by Macron and Trump at the White House is dead
The photo of the two leaders planting this oak, shovels gilded in hand, had symbolized their friendship.
Should we see a confirmation by the symbol that the honeymoon is indeed over between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump? The tree that the French president had offered to his American counterpart during his state visit to Washington in April 2018 is dead, AFP said Sunday (June 9th).
The photo of the two leaders planting this oak in the gardens of the White House had symbolized the friendship shown by the two men. Between two accolades, heads of state, shovels gilded in hand, had thrown a handful of earth on the roots of the shrub, under the watchful eye of their wives and, especially, cameras from around the world.
But while the relationship has since strained, the transplant has not taken.
- Immediately placed in quarantine
This oak, a young shoot coming from a forest in the north of France where more than 2000 US Marines perished during the Great War, had almost immediately disappeared, to be quarantined. “It’s mandatory for any living organism imported into the United States,” explained the French ambassador to the United States at the time, Gerard Araud. “He will be replanted after.”
In fact, it has never been replanted, AFP learned this week from a diplomatic source, while Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump met on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy, where they met. Efforts have been made to mute the many disagreements, from Iran to trade, which have tarnished their relations over the last year.