Sapling given to Trump by Macron missing from White House lawn: report

Sapling given to Trump by Macron missing from White House lawn: report
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The sapling gifted to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE by French President Emmanuel Macron has disappeared from the White House lawn less than a week after the two men planted it there, according to multiple media reports.

The two leaders planted the tree on the White House's South Lawn on Monday during Macron's state visit. Photos posted by the BBC show that the tree is gone and only a yellow patch of grass remains.


The sapling came from the site of a World War I battle during which nearly 2,000 U.S. soldiers were killed.

Macron had tweeted that the tree “will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us.”



The French version of HuffPost, quoting an unnamed source, reported that the tree is intact and is under quarantine rules imposed by U.S. Customs.

The policy requires that plants imported into the U.S. be quarantined for a period of time to avoid spreading diseases or importing species of invasive insects.

Macron and Trump were joined by their wives for a photo-op during the tree's planting.