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Saturday 15 December 2018

Mystery of Macron’s missing White House tree solved

Donald Trump insisted on holding a symbolic planting ceremony during the French state visit, despite the quarantine requirement.

The empty area where a tree was planted by the world leaders on the South Lawn of the White House (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
The empty area where a tree was planted by the world leaders on the South Lawn of the White House (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By AP reporters

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a tree planted by Emmanuel Macron at the White House has been solved after authorities revealed it had been put in quarantine.

The French president’s office said the oak tree sapling he planted on the White House lawn was lifted and placed in quarantine like other plants or animals brought into the US.

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Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron watched their husbands plant the tree near a lamppost on the South Lawn (Andrew Harnik/AP)

An official in Mr Macron’s office said that Mr Trump insisted on holding a symbolic planting ceremony during the French state visit, despite the quarantine requirement.

The official said both sides knew all along that the tree would later have to go into quarantine. A pale patch of grass now covers the spot.

The sapling was taken from the First World War site of the Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, where about 2,000 US troops died fighting the Germans.

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