Newstalk
Newstalk

12.02 30 Apr 2018


Share this article


Last Monday French President Emmanuel Macron visited US President Donald Trump at the White House.

They spoke about the close relationship between their countries, trade and international issues.

It was the first State visit of Trump's presidency.

As part of the ceremonies, the two leaders - along with their spouses - planted a tree on the South Lawn.

The tree was a gift from President Macron and his wife, Brigitte.

In this April 23rd, 2018 file photo, US First Lady Melania Trump, second from right, and Brigitte Macron, second from left, watch as President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron participate in a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington | Image: Andrew Harnik/AP/Press Association Images

But cut to almost a week later, and the oak sapling is gone.

Photographers noticed the tree was gone days after it had been planted.

Amid speculation as to what happened to the tree, which had come from the Belleau Wood in France, the French ambassador to the US provided an explanation.

US President Donald Trump and France's President Emmanuel Macron greet each other after planting a tree on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington | Image: Yuri Gripas/DPA/PA Images

Gérard Araud explained that the tree has actually been placed in quarantine.

On Twitter, he said: "It is in quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported to the US. It will be replanted afterwards."

Responding to a qurestion about quarenting the tree after it was already planted, the ambassador clarified: "The roots were enclosed in a plastic protection."

An official from President Macron's office said it will be re-planted soon in the White House gardens.

This photo shows an empty area where a tree was planted by US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron during a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The young ceremonial tree was planted in the area between the light pole at left and the tree at right | Image: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images

Share this article


Read more about

News

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-07:00

Share

Up next

TEAM 33

TEAM 33

07:00-08:00

Share

BEST OF BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BEST OF BREAKFAST BUSINESS

08:00-08:30

Share

BEST OF THE PAT KENNY SHOW

BEST OF THE PAT KENNY SHOW

08:30-09:30

Share

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP

09:30-10:00

Share

DOWN TO BUSINESS

DOWN TO BUSINESS

10:00-12:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

12:00-13:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

13:00-18:00

Share

THE PICTURE SHOW

THE PICTURE SHOW

18:00-19:00

Share

TED RADIO HOUR

TED RADIO HOUR

19:00-20:00

Share

The Peter Casey Report

The Peter Casey Report

20:00-21:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

21:00-22:00

Share

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP.

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP.

22:00-22:30

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

22:30-23:30

Share

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

23:30-00:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

00:00-00:15

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:15-07:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on