Lets tree again: Macron offers Trump replacement friendship oak


"We have disagreements but we continue working together", TASS cited the French leader as saying.

Macron's initiative didn't exactly sit well with US President Donald Trump, who wants North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to pay more for their American security umbrella.

By November a year ago, relations between the two presidents had soured, with Trump tweeting his displeasure over Macron's comments about nationalism and the need for Europe to develop its own defence force independent of the US.

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron plant a tree watched by Trump's wife Melania and Macron's wife Brigitte. Shortly after being planted, it had to be ripped out root and stem and placed in quarantine where it later died. "The symbol was us planting it together", Macron said. It turns out that this oak was put in quarantine for American sanitary reasons and the poor thing did not survive.

After the tree was initially planted, it was then uprooted and put in quarantine - a normal procedure for any foreign plant brought into the U.S. "I'll send another oak because I think the US marines and the friendship for freedom between our peoples is well worth it".

Trump said on the trip that relations between the two countries and leaders were "exceptional" but the leaders have disagreed on a number of key issues lately including sanctions on Iran, trade, and climate change.

"Over 9,000 American marines died in the Belleau Wood battle in June 1918 and the forest is a memorial site and important symbol of the sacrifice the United States made to ensure peace and stability in Europe", the White House said in a statement in 2018.

Macron confirmed that the tree had died but said there was no tragedy. "The United States of America is never greater than when it shows its loyalty".