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    FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, first lady Melania Trump, second from right, and Brigitte Macron, left, watch as President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron participate in a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The oak sapling that was a gift to Trump from Macron is facing at least two years in quarantine. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

    Oak Tree Planted by Trump and Macron Next to White House Dies – Report

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    A tree that was brought to the United States from a forest in the French department of Ain in 2018 during President Macron’s tour was supposed to be planted in front of the White House and symbolise the strength of ties between Paris Washington.

    According to Le Figaro newspaper, the oak tree that President Trump planted on the lawn near the White House in April 2018 has died. The report specifies that the site where the tree was supposed to grow is now empty.

    The tree originated from a forest in the French Ain department, where thousands of US Marines died during World War I and was deemed to be a sign of strong French-US ties when it grew.

    However, the tree was damaged during the long plant quarantine period upon its entry into the US and eventually failed to take root once it was planted.

    READ MORE: Secret Revealed: Oak Planted by Macron, Trump Removed, But for Good Cause

    Ties between the American and French presidents have been marred since Macron was given a warm reception during a White House visit in 2018: Macron and Trump have conflicting views on climate change, as well as on US plans to slap tariffs on the EU.

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