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Tree French President Gave to Trump Disappears from White House Lawn

03 May, 2018, 10:10 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • German chancellor Angela Merkel with US president Donald Trump

It was the first State visit of Trump's presidency. Surprisingly, the tree went missing after Macron addressed the potential threats posed by climate change at a joint session of the Congress.

Speculation quickly followed. The Associated Press tweeted that a "mystery was brewing at the White House" over the missing sapling.

An empty space the place a tree was planted by President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron throughout a tree planting ceremony is seen via the media van window on the South Garden of the White Home in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2018.

Days later, a Reuters photographer took a photo that showed just a yellow patch of grass where it was planted on the South Lawn.

A source told France's version of HuffPo that the move was the result of a U.S. Customs requirement that the tree, like many plants from overseas, go through a period of quarantine created to stop invasive insect species.

According to Customs and Border Protection rules, some plants brought into the USA are subject to "post-entry quarantine", which is meant to prevent the spread of parasites or diseases.


The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of U.S. Marine Corps legend.

"It was actually a special favor from Trump to France to be able to plant the tree the day of the president's visit", an official from Macron's office said.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office said it was put in quarantine, explaining the disappearance.

The BBC cited a French gardening website that hypothesized the tree may have been moved somewhere else to better survive "the drought" of summer, and that it "may be back in October". "This oak tree (my gift to [Donald Trump]) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us".

The sapling originates from northern France World War I near a place where thousands of US troops died battling German forces.

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