Macron says he would back Merkel if she runs for EU leadership

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2019

The "friendship tree" planted by U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron is no more.

The tree, from Belleau Wood in France where nearly 2,000 American soldiers died in a World War I battle, had been dug up not long after it was planted.

A yellow spot is seen where the tree planted by French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump on April 23 stood on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2018.

Shortly after the original young oak had been planted, it was dug back up and placed into quarantine, which is standard practice for living things imported into the US.

Macron and Merkel each addressed the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva earlier in the day, but had no scheduled bilateral meeting, diplomats in each delegation said. It was created to celebrate the special relationship between the USA and France.

"I will send another oak tree because I think the US Marines and the friendship for the freedom between our peoples is worth it", he said. And, at the time, Macron tweeted that the tree served as "a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us".

Gerard Araud, then the French ambassador to America, confirmed at the time that the tree had been moved and said it would be replanted at a later date.

The news of the tree's death was described as "political satire" on Twitter, while others said it was symbolic of the pair's relationship.

Trump said on the trip that relations between the two countries and leaders were "exceptional" but the leaders have disagreed on a number of key issues lately including sanctions on Iran, trade, and climate change.

The two leaders recently marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day together, with Macron - who has been an outspoken critic of Trump's nationalism and isolationist tendencies - using the occasion to send a message to his American visitor.

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