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    U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shovel dirt onto a freshly planted oak tree as first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron watch on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2018

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

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    While covering German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Washington, several media outlets noticed that the tree planted by French president Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart Donald Trump on the White House lawn some days earlier, as a symbol of the countries' friendship, was missing.

    There were a lot of speculations over the oak's mysterious disappearance on social media: some said that the oak was dug out to be planted again in the fall — a better season for planting such trees compared to spring, whereas others were prepared for the worst, saying that the tree may have just failed to take root. However, the French version of the Huffington Post reported that the reason behind the absence of the oak was that it was quarantined.

    READ MORE: Friendship Doesn't Grow on Trees: Oak Planted by Macron, Trump Disappears

    The media explained that there are strict sanitary rules for any imported seeds, plants and even soil in the US. The presidential gift was no exception. However, a source at the Elysee Palace confirmed to the Huffington Post that the oak was doing well and the quarantine period would end soon.

    Earlier, media drew attention to the fact that the place on the White House South Lawn where the tree had been planted was empty. A photo taken by a Reuters photographer shows a yellow spot and no traces of the oak on the tree sapling's place.

    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
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    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

    French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife visited Washington to honor the 250th anniversary of relations between Paris and Washington. The oak plant, which they brought as a gift, was taken from a northern French forest, where in 1918 the first major battle of the First World War with the participation of American soldiers took place. Together with the American president and the first lady of the US, they planted the tree on the lawn in front of the White House.

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