Macron to send Trump replacement friendship tree

Macron to send Trump replacement friendship tree”

The "friendship tree" planted by U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron is no more.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday evening by Swiss television RTS, Macron said the death of the tree shouldn't be read as a indication of the up-and-down relationship between France and the United States.

The two men were pictured planting the tree together on the White House lawn in April previous year during the first state visit of the Trump administration.

Europe should think outside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation dictates and restore relations with Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed, calling for a "strategic debate" with Moscow over mutual areas of concern. "The symbol was us planting it together", Macron said.

Trump and Macron planted the tree with their wives watching on but it was not in the lawns of the White House for long as it was soon placed in quarantine due to national law regarding the potential introduction of parasites.

The oak tree was dug up and quarantined after the two leaders planted it as per American regulations, the French ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud confirmed at the time.

While in quarantine the tree died and was never replaced, according to France's Le Monde newspaper, which was the first to report about the tree's death.

The European Sessile Oak was a gift from the Macrons and comes from Belleau Woods, where more than 9000 American marines died during battle in June 1918 during the First World War.

Last week, Mr Macron gave a speech at a D-Day commemoration where he told Mr Trump: "The United States is never greater than when it is fighting for the freedom of others. No one should ever forget about what Russian Federation went through in the Second World War", he concluded.

"We will send him another, it is not a tragedy", he said.

Since assuming the presidency of France, Macron has revived the ambitious plans of creating a combined EU military force - a real "European army" - to provide security for the continent.

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