There are plenty of issues on which American President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron disagree on. These disagreements, however, have not stopped the men from attempting to create a working relationship.
In April of 2018, Macron gifted Trump with a special tree meant to act as a symbol of the friendship between the two countries. That tree, planted in the White House lawn, has now died after just over a year.
Macron and Trump had planted the tree during a ceremony in Washington DC. The French President wrote at the time, “100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom. This oak tree (my gift to Donald Trump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us.”
100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom. This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us. pic.twitter.com/AUdVncaKRN
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 24, 2018
The tree was brought to the United States from Belleau, where French and US troops had fought together.
Despite their disagreements, Trump and Macron have remained cordial with one another. Last week, during the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the French President encouraged the American one to remain in Nato:
“We know what we owe to the United States of America,” said Macron. “The United States of America, dear Donald Trump, dear president, which is never greater than when it is fighting for the freedom of others. The United States of America, that is never greater than when it shows its loyalty to the universal values that the Founding Fathers defended when, nearly two and half centuries ago, France came to support its independence.”
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