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France Roots Out Why Trump-Macron Friendship Tree Vanished

A pale patch of grass now covers the spot where the sapling had been planted



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    President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron participate in a tree-planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, April 23, 2018. The European Sessile Oak, later removed to be quarantined, is a gift from the Macrons and comes from Belleau Woods, where more than 9,000 American marines died in June 1918 during the First World War.

    The French president's office says there's nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn.

    It was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory.

    The sapling was a gift from French President Emmanuel Macron for his state visit to U.S. President Donald Trump last week.

    An official in Macron's office said Monday that Trump insisted on holding a symbolic planting ceremony alongside Macron despite the quarantine requirement. The official said both sides knew all along that the tree would go later into quarantine.

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    (Published Tuesday, April 24, 2018)

    A pale patch of grass now covers the spot.

    The oak originally sprouted at the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, where about 2,000 U.S. troops died fighting a German offensive.