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18 August,

Tree planted to mark Trump-Macron friendship dies

French media say oak given as a gift by Macron and planted at the White House as part of charm offensive is no more.

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The tree planted by Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, at the White House as a symbol of their countries’ ties has died, according to multiple media reports in France.

The oak was given as a gift to the US president during Macron’s visit in 2018. In a tweet at the time, Macron said: “100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom. This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump]) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us.”

Relations between the two leaders have since frayed – over issues ranging from Iran to trade – and, it appears, the tree has fared little better.

Le Monde first reported its demise last week, quoting a French diplomatic source, which was later confirmed by Le Figaro.

The French president offered the young oak to Trump on the occasion of a state visit to Washington in 2018, and the two shovelled dirt around it under the watchful eyes of Melania Trump, Brigitte Macron and cameras from around the world.

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.

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