French President Emmanuel Macron will send a substitution oak tree to the  US President Donald Trump as the original had died in the White House garden. The French leader suggested the young oak to the US President during a state visit to Washington in 2018, and the two padded dirt around it under the watchful eyes of their wives and cameras from around the world. It was a representative gesture: the tree came from a northern French forest where 2,000 US Marines died during World War I.

But after the cameras left, the young oak was carried and placed in isolation – where it died soon after, with many vigilance of US-France ties, which have since ragged over issues ranging from Iran to trade.

Macron told Tuesday, “the poor thing did not survive ”, while he also asked reporters not to “look for meaning where there is none ”. He also added, “ I will send another”. The two leaders recently marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day together, with Macron – who has been a serious critic of Trump’s nationalism and isolationist tendencies – using the occasion of sending a message to his US visitor.

According to him, America is never as big while it is struggling for the freedom of others.

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