Macron will gift Trump another tree after first one died
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French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronTrump criticizes France's Macron for sending Iran 'mixed signals' Hillicon Valley: DOJ approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Trump targets Google, Apple | Privacy groups seek to intervene in Facebook settlement | Democrats seize on Mueller hearings in election security push On The Money: US growth slows to 2.1 percent | Trump vows response to French tech tax | Trump won't give Apple tariff waivers | House panel releases documents on Nixon tax return request to bolster case against Trump MORE reportedly said Tuesday he would send President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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.


“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 TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations 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.