Macron to replace tree symbolising Franco-American friendship

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron says he will send United States leader Donald Trump a new "friendship tree" after the original died.

Responding to social media posts, Mr Macron said people should not read symbols into everything.

"Do not see symbols where there are none, the symbol was to plant it together", Macron added.

French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed the "friendship tree" he presented as a gift to the White House past year has died, and that a replacement is on the way. It was created to celebrate the special relationship between the USA and France.

It died in quarantine after being dug up.

Then-French Ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud said that the tree was "enclosed in plastic protection" during the planting ceremony, as it had to be quarantined per U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on foreign plants to prevent possible soil contamination.

While Macron had a launched a charm offensive on President Trump following his 2016 election, the mood has since cooled.

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The two men have found themselves at loggerheads on issues from how to deal with Iran, to trade and the importance of the European Union.

The two leaders recently marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day together, with Macron - who has been an outspoken critic of Trump's nationalism and isolationist tendencies - using the occasion to send a message to his American visitor. "The United States of America is never greater than when it shows its loyalty".

"100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom".

Mr Macron also suffered a loss after his La Republique En Marche (REM) placed second behind far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

He added: 'It's what the USA did in setting up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO.

'This promise of Normandy, we must find its essence once again to seize this commitment, what we owe to our homeland, to the alliance of countries with shared values, that of democracy and liberty'.

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