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Emmanuel Macron's White House Sapling Has Disappeared

05 May 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron's office said it was put in quarantine, explaining the disappearance.

A gift from the people of France, the tree planted on the White House lawn originally grew at the site of World War I's Battle of Belleau Wood, near the Marne River in France, in which thousands of American soldiers died in 1918 fighting a German offensive.

Over the weekend, the young oak tree that French President Emmanuel Macron just gifted President Trump vanished from the White House lawn, a patch of yellow grass taking its place.

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The oak sapling, which originated from Belleau Wood - a French World War I battlefield where almost 2,000 US soldiers were killed - was a gift from the French president.

The White House hasn't offered an explanation as to what became of the sapling. The French Huffington Post spoke to a source at Élyseé Palace, who told the publication that the tree was likely in quarantine, as it is not a native species and must go through USA customs checks. The problem: Parasites on the tree could spread to others on the White House property.

Meanwhile, Huffington Post quotes an unnamed official at the Elysée Palace, who said the tree is under quarantine.

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The Daily Mail, BBC News, and HuffPost France speculated that the tree may have been temporarily removed under federal rules since it was an imported plant.

For a minute, it seemed like the sapling might have been disappeared, mafia-style, after Macron's Wednesday afternoon address to a joint session of Congress. The tree was planted in front of the White House as a physical symbol of the 250-year relationship between France and the United States. Also puzzling is why the White House didn't announce in advance that the planting last week was a purely symbolic event.

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Emmanuel Macron's White House Sapling Has Disappeared