The Trump-Macron "Friendship Tree" Has Died

The Trump-Macron

The Trump-Macron "Friendship Tree" Has Died

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.

Macron and Trump, wielding gold-coloured spades, shovelled dirt around it, watched by the first ladies Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump and the world's press during the April 2018 state visit.

"This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us".

It was already wilting, but the "bromance" between President Trump and President Macron now appears dead on the vine - symbolised by the fate of an oak "friendship tree" planted by Mr Macron in the White House garden in April a year ago.

The tree was never replanted and died in quarantine, a diplomatic source told Agence France-Presse.

But a few days later, the tree was no longer in the garden, and only a patch of yellow grass could be seen, The Guardian reported.

"It is a quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported into the US", Gerard Araud, who was then the French ambassador to the US, wrote on Twitter, adding that it would be replanted later. Just like the Macron-Trump love-in, it is no more.

But the relationship went south a year ago when Mr Trump slammed French plans for a European army and mocked Mr Macron over the "yellow vest" anti-government demonstrations that swept through France.

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