Chelsea Clinton thanks Melania Trump for preserving part of historic WH tree
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Chelsea Clinton is thanking first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet Pamela Anderson claims she convinced Melania Trump to stop wearing fur The Hill's 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh controversy consumes Washington | Kavanaugh slated to testify Monday | Allegations shake up midterms MORE for helping to preserve a historic tree in front of the White House that was supposed to be taken down.

“Thank you @FLOTUS for preserving part of a tree I & so many have treasured,” Clinton tweeted.

The historic Jackson Magnolia has been by the south portico of the White House since the 1800s.


But specialists from the National Arboretum said the tree is too old and damaged and recommended to the first lady that it be removed.

The tree, which has been featured over the years in photos, rested on an artificial support and was likely to fall without it.

The tree went viral on social media, with many calling for the first lady to find a way to preserve it.

On Wednesday, a White House spokeswoman told The Washington Post that the first lady requested that some of the wood from the tree be preserved for replanting in the same area.

The tree was planted when former President Andrew Jackson was in office. His wife died shortly after he was elected, and he wanted to honor her by planting a sprout from her favorite magnolia tree from their Tennessee farm.