Emmanuel Macron's gift to America has been placed in quarantine
Emmanuel Macron's gift to America has been placed in quarantine
German chancellor Angela Merkel with US president Donald Trump
01 May, 2018, 12:37
The oak originally sprouted at the site of World War I's Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France during the summer of 1918, where about 2,000 U.S. troops died fighting a German offensive.
President Macron's gift quickly became an internet sensation, with a photo of the two men shovelling earth onto the sapling quickly turning into a meme.
Macron paid a state visit to the US capital, meeting with US President Donald Trump in part to discuss the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement and plead for a more comprehensive "new agreement" that would address what he and Trump believe to be shortcomings of the existing accord.
Some called it a mystery, one with diplomatic overtones.
The reason? Like all agricultural products brought from overseas, the tree needs to be checked for parasites that could damage native plants, Reuters reports.
"It turns out the French now say the tree is in quarantine, taken off the lawn, put in quarantine, which is standard procedure when replanting any kind of foreign item like a tree". "It will be replanted afterwards", Araud tweeted.
It is in quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported to the US. This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us.
In past weeks, Trump and aides have said that both Iran and North Korea should know that they are willing to walk away from any high-level agreement if they do not believe the other side is acting in good faith. The White House is yet to comment on the development.
The Battle of Belleau Wood took place to the north-east of Paris in 1918, towards the end of the Great War. U.S. Marines helped block a German offensive in fierce fighting that earned them their "Devil Dogs" nickname.
After entering the First World War in 1917, USA forces were instrumental in beating the Germans back on the Western Front in 1918 and liberating France. Thousands more troops were wounded.
Araud additional famous on Twitter that the tree, throughout its symbolic planting by the presidents final week, remained rigorously enclosed in plastic safety to make sure that there was no potential contamination previous to the tree's necessary quarantine.
Now, that tree is gone, prompting lots of speculation.
Macron said she was surprised at how strict life inside the White House is for Trump, whom she described as "much more constrained than me".
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