Oak Tree Symbolising Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron Friendship Is Dead

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The sapling a gift from Macron on the occasion of his state visit is gone from the lawn

Paris • The symbolic tree that President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planted at the White House previous year has died, according to French media reports.

It was never replanted, and died in quarantine, according to a diplomatic sources cited by French media. A diplomatic source told the news agency Agence France Presse that it had died during quarantine.

After the planting ceremony, Macron tweeted: "100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom".

The White House did not confirm the tree's death.

But relations between France and the U.S. have since frayed - over issues ranging from Iran to trade - and the tree did not survive, a diplomatic source said this week.

Things seemed amiss shortly afterward when reporters noticed that it had been removed from its spot.

Gerard Araud, who was the French ambassador to the United States at the time, confirmed that the oak tree had to be uprooted to be inspected in quarantine.

But a few days later, the tree was nowhere to be seen, with reports suggesting it to be sent to quarantine for testing foreign contamination.

It was a symbolic gesture: the tree came from Belleau Wood, north-east of Paris, where 1,811 Americans died in a ferocious battle in June 1918 during the first world war.

For all their camaraderie, Macron and Trump are at odds on some fundamental issues, including the multinational nuclear deal, which is aimed at restricting Iran's development of nuclear weapons.

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