Macron says will have 'comprehensive talks' with Putin in next few weeks

Clay Curtis
June 14, 2019

It was a symbolic gift from Emmanuel Macron to Donald Trump at the height of their "bromance" past year: an oak tree ceremoniously planted in the manicured lawns of the White House by both leaders.

Macron also confirmed the tree's death in an interview with Swiss television station RTS on Tuesday, CNN reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (11 June) that he would support German Chancellor Angela Merkel if she were to seek to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission.

Responding to social media posts, Mr Macron said people should not read symbols into everything.

Trump and the French president planted the oak tree in the White House's gardens in April 2018 as a sign of friendship.

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The tree was brought over from Belleau Wood in France, where about 2,000 American servicemen died during World War One. And, at the time, Macron tweeted that the tree served as "a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us".

It died in quarantine after being dug up.

Last week, Mr Macron gave a speech at a D-Day commemoration where he told Mr Trump: "The United States is never greater than when it is fighting for the freedom of others". "Of course I would, because firstly I think we need someone strong".

The two leaders commemorated their countries' relationship by planting the sapling in the grounds of the White House but USA officials this week confirmed that it had died.

Concerned over the security of Europe, Macron has also been critical over Trump's decision to withdraw from the decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which banned the ground-launched missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. "I think that's exactly how it will continue to be".

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