Macron will gift Trump another tree after first one died
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French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronBig donors haven't given money pledged to Notre Dame restoration: report Big donors haven't given money pledged to Notre Dame restoration: report Macron will gift Trump another tree after first one died MORE reportedly said Tuesday he would send President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE another tree after the oak sapling Macron gave Trump last year recently died.

Macron cautioned reporters to not read into the death of the sapling that was planted on the grounds of the White House during his state visit in April 2018, according to Reuters.

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“We will send him another, it is not a tragedy,” Macron said. “Do not see symbols where there are none, the symbol was to plant it together.”

The tree was intended to symbolize the close relationship and “ties that bind” the U.S. and France.

Video of the planting from last year shows Trump and Macron shoveling dirt around the sapling as first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report White House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report Trump compares Melania to Jackie Kennedy: 'We have our own Jackie O' MORE and Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron, watched.

“It turns out that this oak was put in quarantine for American sanitary reasons and the poor thing did not survive,” Macron said. “I’ll send another oak because I think the U.S. Marines and the friendship for freedom between our peoples is well worth it.”

The tree was reportedly quarantined because of concerns parasites on it could spread to others on the grounds of the White House.