The Mystery Of The Missing French Oak Sapling Solved

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French President Emmanuel Macron has assured that his "bromance" with President Donald Trump is still in full bloom after an oak tree he gave the USA leader as a symbol of their friendship vanished from the White House lawn, just a week after the pair were pictured planting it.

But now, less than a week later, recent photos show an off-color, pale patch of turf where the sapling once stood.

An official from President Macron's office said it will be re-planted soon in the White House gardens. The official said both sides knew all along that the tree would go later into quarantine.

The photograph was seen around the world: US President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron, gilded spades in hand, shovelling dirt over a young sapling.

The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of US Marine Corps legend. The French edition of Huffpost quoted a French government official as saying the oak was "doing well" but was under quarantine.

The AP reports that the French president's office says the tree has been placed in quarantine, as is required of all plants and animals that enter the country from overseas.

It sparked speculation that the gift was removed following Mr Macron's speech to congress, when he criticised isolationism and climate change denial, which may have angered Mr Trump.

Business Insider reached out to the White House for an explanation and will update this post if we hear back.

About 2000 U.S. troops died in the June 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood, fighting a German offensive.

But just days later, the tree was noticeably absent from the White House.

The Huffington Post reported that it could also have been taken for safe keeping, as oak trees grow best when they are planted in the autumn, so they can grow roots deep enough throughout the year ready to survive the heat of summer.

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