Emmanuel Macron Offers Donald Trump To Replace 'Friendship' Oak Tree

Lester Mason
June 14, 2019

The original tree came from Belleau Wood in northern France, where thousands of U.S. troops died during World War I.

A yellow spot is seen where the tree planted by French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump on April 23 stood on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2018.

The two men planted the oak sapling in the White House grounds previous year.

It died in quarantine after being dug up.

The two heads of states had celebrated the countries' friendship by planting the oak tree together on the White House's South Lawn during Macron's state visit to the United States previous year.

"We will send him another, it is not a tragedy", Macron told Swiss broadcaster RTS on the sidelines of an International Labor Organization (ILO) meeting in Geneva.

Now it appears the oak did not survive its time in quarantine.

"I'll send another oak because I think the US Marines and the friendship for freedom between our peoples is well worth it".

As Macron wrote on Twitter at the time, the tree "will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us".

At the time, Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the USA, said the tree would be replanted following its time in quarantine.

"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.

"It would not be good to leave Russian Federation to China", he added, reminding that Europe should "never forget the price [the Soviet Union] paid" in World War II to free the continent from Nazi Germany.

Concerned over the security of Europe, Macron has also been critical over Trump's decision to withdraw from the decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which banned the ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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