Simple explanation behind disappearance of the Trump-Macron friendship tree at the White House

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TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron plant a tree watched by Trump’s wife Melania and Macron’s wife Brigitte on the grounds of the White House April 23, 2018 in Washington,DC. – The tree, a gift from French President Macron, comes from Belleau Woods, near the Marne River in France, where in June 1918 US forces suffered 9,777 casualties, including 1,811 killed in the Belleau Wood battle during World War I. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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PARIS (AP) — The French president’s office says there’s nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn.

It was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory.

The sapling was a gift from French President Emmanuel Macron for his state visit to U.S. President Donald Trump last week.

An official in Macron’s office said Monday that Trump insisted on holding a symbolic planting ceremony alongside Macron despite the quarantine requirement. The official said both sides knew all along that the tree would go later into quarantine.

A pale patch of grass now covers the spot.

The oak originally sprouted at the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, where about 2,000 U.S. troops died fighting a German offensive.

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