Tree planted by Trump and France's Macron mysteriously disappears

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Tree planted by Trump and France's Macron mysteriously disappears

The oak tree presented to President Donald Trump by President Emmanuel Macron during his state visit to Washington this week has mysteriously disappeared.

But, just two days later, the tree was nowhere to be found, and only a yellow patch of grass remains where the tree was once planted. Such a quarantine is mandatory for any living organism that enters the U.S.to prevent the spread of any parasites.

The sapling was taken from Belleau Wood, where more 2,000 American marines died, and over 7,000 were injured, in a battle in June 1918 during World War I.

When gifting it to Trump, the French president tweeted: 'This Oak Tree, (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us'.

Donald and Melania Trump participate in the tree-planting ceremony with Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron.

In 1991, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II helped to plant a little-leaf linden tree on the South Lawn after a storm damaged the one her father, King George VI, had planted in 1937.

President of France Emmanuel Macron left puts his arm around Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a dinner at the Sydney Opera House
President of France Emmanuel Macron left puts his arm around Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a dinner at the Sydney Opera House

First lady Melania Trump made headlines during that symbolic moment (as she often does) with her fashion statement on the White House lawn.

The BBC cited a French gardening website that hypothesized the tree may have been moved somewhere else to better survive "the drought" of summer, and that it "may be back in October".

Presidents Trump and Macron were joined by their wives, Melania and Brigitte, last Monday when they strode across the South Lawn for a photo op of them planting the tree together.

After entering the First World War in 1917, US forces were instrumental in beating the Germans back on the Western Front in 1918 and liberating France.

"Devil Dog" soon became a common nickname for Marines. The tree was planted in front of the White House as a physical symbol of the 250-year relationship between France and the United States.

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