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10/06/2019 7:03 PM IST

'Friendship Tree' Planted By Trump And Macron Has Died

The sapling oak was meant as a "reminder of the ties that bind us."

A young oak tree that was gifted to Donald Trump by French president Emmanuel Macron, in a symbol of their burgeoning bond, has died.

Macron delivered the tree to Trump during a state visit to Washington DC in 2018.

The world leaders were pictured in their suits and equipped with gold shovels, planting the oak in the grounds of the White House.

The sapling, which came from the Belleau Wood in northern France, was supposed to be “a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us”, Macron said.

Almost 2,000 soldiers died in battle at the location near the Marne River at the end of World War One.

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But the tree is no more after going through quarantine.

The process is required for all living organisms brought into the US.

It meant that the tree was removed days after being planted, but Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the US at the time, promised it would be replanted.

Yet, according to a diplomatic source quoted by the AFP news agency, it sadly did not make it.

Since the tree was planted in April 2018, the relationship between the two presidents has been stunted, particularly after Macron made a thinly-veiled attack on Trump’s ‘America First’ policies during the 100-year WW1 ceremony in Paris last November.

In retaliation, Trump criticised Macron about his “very low approval ratings”.

The pair have also locked horns over the Iran nuclear deal, the environment, and trade.

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But they appeared to play it cool during D-Day commemorations last week, greeting each other cordially.