An oak tree that French President Emmanuel Macron had offered to his American counterpart Donald Trump during a state visit to Washington in 2018 has died in quarantine.
The two leaders had planted the tree together in the garden of the White House. But a few days later, the tree was quarantined as it is mandatory to do so for any living organism imported into the U.S.
The tree was taken from a northern French forest where 2,000 U.S. Marines died during the First World War.
French media considered the death of the tree as a symbol of the frail friendship between the two presidents as they had a turbulent relationship over Iran, trade and other matters.
Macron affirmed that he will offer Trump another friendship tree for the White House lawn.
“We will send him another one, it is not a tragedy. Do not see symbols where there are none, the symbol was to plant it together. It turns out that this oak was put in quarantine for American sanitary reasons and the poor thing did not survive. I’ll send another oak because I think the U.S. Marines and the friendship for freedom between our peoples is well worth it,” Macron said in a television interview with Radio Télévision Suisse.