French Reports: Trump-Macron 'Friendship' Tree Dies

Oak tree planted by Macron, Trump has died

It was already wilting, but the "bromance" between President Trump and President Macron now appears dead on the vine - symbolised by the fate of an oak "friendship tree" planted by Mr Macron in the White House garden in April a year ago.

Several French newspapers including Le Monde and Le Figaro have reported the disappearance of the tree, quoting diplomatic sources.

Relations between the two leaders have since frayed - over issues ranging from Iran to trade - and, it appears, the tree has fared little better.

The roots of the story go back to April 2018, when the Macron-Trump friendship was being described as a "bromance", and the French president and his wife, Brigitte, were feted at the only state dinner the Trumps have hosted.

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The oak was given as a gift to the USA president during Macron's visit in 2018.

Beyond the White House lawn, some of Trump's and Macron's' disagreements include the Iranian nuclear deal (described by Trump as "terrible") or Macron's criticism of his American counterpart's withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear treaty. French Ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, tweeted at the time the sapling had been quarantined to comply with U.S. customs regulations.

"It is in quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported to the US". Just like the Macron-Trump love-in, it is no more.

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