Donald's stump: France to send another tree to U.S. after oak dies

French President Emmanuel Macron attends the International Labour Organization's annual labour conference in Geneva Switzerland
REUTERS  Denis Balibouse

"Europe. must build new rules of trust and security with Russian Federation, and should not only agree with NATO", Macron said in an interview with the Swiss television channel RTS. "Do not see symbols where there are none, the symbol was to plant it together". Things turned sour between the two men after Macron gave a speech about the dangers of nationalism in November 2018 while commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the First World War.

"We will send him another, it is not a tragedy", Macron told Swiss broadcaster RTS on the sidelines of an International Labor Organization (ILO) meeting in Geneva.

The two heads of states had celebrated the countries' friendship by planting the oak tree together on the White House's South Lawn during Macron's state visit to the United States a year ago.

The original tree came from Belleau Wood in northern France, where thousands of USA troops died during World War I.

During the planting ceremony, Mr Macron described the tree as a reminder of the "ties that bind us". It was created to celebrate the special relationship between the United States and France.

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After the tree was initially planted, it was then uprooted and put in quarantine - a normal procedure for any foreign plant brought into the U.S.

Now it's confirmed. The tree was dug up and quarantined, as agricultural imports are, and did not survive.

"Over 9,000 American marines died in the Belleau Wood battle in June 1918 and the forest is a memorial site and important symbol of the sacrifice the United States made to ensure peace and stability in Europe", the White House said in a statement in 2018. Just like the Macron-Trump love-in, it is no more.

Macron is at odds over the American's unilateralist approach to trade, climate change and a nuclear deal with Iran.

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