Macron's Symbolic Offering to Trump Mysteriously Gone

A tree the French president gave to the White House was planted but has since vanished
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2018 1:30 PM CDT
This Saturday, April 28, 2018, photo shows an empty area where a tree was planted by President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron during a tree planting ceremony is seen through the media...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – A mystery is brewing at the White House about what happened to the oak tree President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planted there last week. The sapling was a gift from Macron on the occasion of his state visit. News photographers snapped away Monday when Trump and Macron shoveled dirt onto the tree during a ceremonial planting on the South Lawn. By the end of the week, the tree was gone from the lawn, per the AP. A pale patch of grass was left in its place. The White House hasn't offered an explanation. The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of US Marine Corps legend. About 2,000 US troops died in the June 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood, fighting a German offensive.

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