Tree planted at White House by Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron dies
WATCH: The sapling tree was planted by the presidents last week during a state visit.
A tree that President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planted at the White House last year – a symbol of the two nations' long friendship – has died.
The oak tree sapling, imported from France's Belleau Wood forest, was planted by the two presidents last year as a representation of the two nations' friendship.
In this April 23, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron participate in a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
The European Sessile Oak originated from the site in France where more than 9,000 U.S. Marines died in battle during World War I. It was planted on the South Lawn of the White House on April 23, 2018 during Macron's state visit, but mysteriously disappeared five days later.
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a meeting in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019.
A tweet by French ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud on April 29 indicated that the tree was not missing, but was quarantined. The mandatory quarantine is for any living organism imported to the U.S. The tree was to be replanted later.
The tree was never replanted and died in quarantine, a diplomatic source told Agence France-Presse.
Since the planting of the "friendship tree" the two leaders' relationship has grown rocky over issues including, what to do in Iran, addressing climate change and world trade.
#6718422 at 2019-06-10 19:11:25 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8592: Q Thinks like A Champion Edition
The tree Macron gave to Trump to symbolize friendship has died
?The oak sapling French President Emmanuel Macron presented to President Trump last year to symbolize 100 years of friendship between the two nations died while in quarantine, the French newspaper Le Monde reported.
"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," Macron wrote on Twitter at the time.?
?The two leaders planted the tree on the White House lawn ?in April 2018 during Macron's state visit to Washington? as their wives, Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron?, looked on.
But it went missing shortly afterward. ?
?GerardAraud, the French ambassador to the United States, said that the tree had to be dug up and put in quarantine to comply with US customs regulations. ?
?The sapling died while in quarantine.
#6715766 at 2019-06-10 06:43:55 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8588: No Amnesty for Foreigners Edition
The Trump curse hits again!
Tree symbolising Trump-Macron friendship has died
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - The photo of U SPresident Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House symbolised the friendship shown by the two leaders.
But relations between them have since frayed - over issues ranging from Iran to trade - and the tree, a diplomatic source said this week, did not survive.
The French president offered the young oak to Mr Trump on the occasion of a state visit to Washington in 2018, and the two shoveled dirt around it under the watchful eyes of their wives - and cameras from around the world.
It was a symbolic gesture: the tree came from a northern French forest where 2,000 US Marines died during World War I.
But a few days later, the tree was nowhere to be seen, having disappeared into quarantine.
"It is a quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported into the US," Mr GerardAraud, then the French ambassador to America, wrote on Twitter, adding that it would be replanted later
But it was never replanted: the tree died during its quarantine, the diplomatic source said.
#6714446 at 2019-06-10 03:38:59 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8587: Gold and Silver Hard-backed Currency Edition
Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died
Trump on the occasion of a state visit to Washington in 2018, and the two shoveled dirt around it under the watchful eyes of their wives – and cameras from around the world
The photo of Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House symbolized the friendship shown by the two leaders.
But relations between them have since frayed – over issues ranging from Iran to trade – and the tree, a diplomatic source said this week, did not survive.
The French president offered the young oak to Trump on the occasion of a state visit to Washington in 2018, and the two shoveled dirt around it under the watchful eyes of their wives – and cameras from around the world.
It was a symbolic gesture: the tree came from a northern French forest where 2,000 US Marines died during the First World War.
But a few days later, the tree was nowhere to be seen, having disappeared into quarantine.
"It is a quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported into the US," GerardAraud, then the French ambassador to America, wrote on Twitter, adding that it would be replanted later.
But it was never replanted: the tree died during its quarantine, the diplomatic source said.
#6481115 at 2019-05-12 22:14:34 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8287: Flour Power Flower Power The Roses and Cakes For Mama Edition
A recent report indicates that President Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner suggested that then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other policy makers read a January 2018 Wall Street Journal piece regarding the cutoff of American funding for UNRWA, the international agency for Palestinian 'refugees.' As authors of the piece referenced in the leak, we are flattered. With the administration's much discussed peace plan to be announced in June, let us offer some last minute suggestions.
Information regarding President Trump's "plan of the century" is vague, with Kushner and other administration sources saying only that it will require "compromises from both sides" and that in the words of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, it will "represent a significant change from the model that's been used."
Our first suggestion is therefore to not reveal the plan but to continue floating rumors and possibilities as a means of elucidating intentions.
Palestinian PM Shtayyah has already announced the plan will be "born dead" and that it is "financial blackmail." But Shtayyah also hinted that the Palestinian Authority would seek to develop the Palestinian economy and to reduce dependence on Israel. This leads to our next suggestion. Outside of the plan itself, American policy should offers development aid to specific sectors of the Palestinian economy in exchange for an enhanced version of the current status quo. Aid and normalization should be exchanged for security.
Importantly, US aid should not provided to the corrupt Palestinian Authority or even through traditional American means such as USAID, but rather through bilateral mechanisms directly to Palestinian industries through trade organizations and free trade agreements. Expediting visas, educational exchanges, arranging lines of credit, and other mechanisms that provide access to US markets will do more to develop industries and prosperity than top-down aid in the form of money to corrupt oligarchs.
The worst possible approach would be a titanic development plan such as that proposed by the RAND Corporation in 2007, which would sink billions into towns, roads, railroads, and other infrastructure. Elegant, artificial, and imposed, it would founder under its own costs and be crushed by corruption. The prognosis for economic development furthering normalization and peace with Israel is mixed. There are encouraging examples, such as the growing Palestinian high tech sector, which has important connections with its much larger Israeli counterpart and with global markets.
Wealth is no guarantee that animosity will be overcome. For example, Palestinian billionaire industrialist Munib al-Masri recently claimed that "No Palestinian can agree to less than what Yasser Arafat agreed to: the 1967 borders, East Jerusalem as the capital, and the return of the refugees. It's impossible for anyone to agree." Traditional elites will not accept new realities, not least that the 'right of return' for Palestinians to homes formerly in Israel is off the table. But new elites might.
As for borders, the recent claim by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat that in 2008, then Israeli PM Ehud Olmert offered PA President Mahmoud Abbas more than 100% of the West Bank, throwing in additional square kilometers so Abbas could claim victory, symbolizes the problem. But such offers are no longer on the table, thanks to both the growth of Israeli communities across the Green Line and Hamas's rule in Gaza. This is why any plan for Gaza must be separated from that for the West Bank. Most Israelis have been vague about the plan, but the far right expressed strong opposition, particularly before the Israeli election. Palestinian rejection of the plan will further embolden the Israeli right and impel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to extend sovereignty to Israeli settlements or even annex the entire West Bank, while simultaneously empowering Islamists in Qatar, Iran, and elsewhere. Preemptive Palestinian rejection is a strategic mistake that gives up the chance for meaningful pressure on Israel regarding borders and Palestinian autonomy.
Global responses are also revealing. Outgoing French ambassador to the US Gérard Araud lauded Kushner's approach but predicted its failure for being too pro-Israel. Araud also praised a host of Trump administration policy initiatives but predicted that "when Trump leaves power, everything will go back to business as usual. That's the dream of Washington, DC." Our final proposal is therefore that the administration delay revealing the plan in order to continue taming the foreign policy "blob."
#6255840 at 2019-04-20 23:23:03 (UTC+1) Q Research General #7999: The Day Collusion Died Edition
French envoy to US: Trump plan 'very close to what Israel wants, 99% doomed'
Gérard Araud, a former ambassador to Israel, says he's 'very close' with Jared Kushner, whom he describes as 'extremely smart but has no guts'France's outgoing ambassador to the US, Gérard Araud, said US President Donald Trump is uniquely able to "push" Israel on his upcoming peace plan because he is extremely popular among Israelis and they "trust him."
In an interview with The Atlantic magazine published on Friday, Araud said the White House plan, engineered by Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, will be "very close to what the Israelis want," and is 99 percent "doomed to fail."
"But 1 percent, you never forget the 1 percent. Trump is uniquely able to push the Israelis, because he is so popular in Israel," he said.
#4074300 at 2018-11-29 18:35:32 (UTC+1) Q Research General #5185: 6X-382-NTP0038-3u2 Autism Edition
Germany calls for France to handover its permanent UN Security Council seat to the EU to 'give bloc more sway'
German finance minister Olaf Scholz claimed it would be a 'bold and smart goal'
He said France could become 'the permanent EU ambassador to the UN'
But French ambassador to the US GerardAraud described it as 'impossible'
Germany has called for France to give up its permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council so it can be turned into an 'EU seat'.
Finance minister Olaf Scholz said he recognised the move would 'take some convincing in Paris', but added that it would be a 'bold and smart goal'.
It comes after the leaders of France and Germany backed the creation of an EU army, a proposal Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has described as 'crazy'.
Mr Scholz, who is also Germany's vice-chancellor, said: 'If we are to take the European Union seriously, the EU should speak with one voice within the UN Security Council. In the medium term, France's seat could be converted to a seat for the EU.'
He said to lessen France's pain, it could become 'the permanent EU ambassador to the UN'.
Mr Scholz also said European Union governments needed to work more closely on defence spending and creating weapons.
But his suggestion of taking France's seat was shot down by the French ambassador to the United States, GerardAraud.
He described it as 'legally impossible' and 'politically impossible'.
France has been one of the five permanent Security Council members since the body was established after the Second World War to prevent another large-scale conflict.
#1178359 at 2018-04-25 08:52:18 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1474: Quality Over Quantity
Complete guest list for the state dinner in honor of French president Emmanuel Macron
April 24, 2018
Just in case we need to look at the list of guests for some future Q Crumb.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump
French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron
Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, and Lacey Adams
Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States, and Pascal Blondeau
Bernard Arnault, of LVMH, and Hélène Arnault
Nicole Belloubet, the French minister of justice
Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French minister of national education
John Bolton, national security adviser, and Gretchen Bolton
Christian Cambon, president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French Senate
Laurence des Cars, of Musée d'Orsay
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Laura Cassidy
Tim Cook, of Apple, and Lisa Jackson
Sarah Coulson and Douglas Bradburn
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister for Europe and foreign affairs
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) and Donna Edwards
Philippe Étienne, diplomatic adviser to Macron
Barbara Frugier, international communication adviser to Macron
Joseph Hagin, White House deputy chief of staff
David Hamilton and Catharine Hamilton
Marillyn Hewson, of Lockheed Martin, and James Hewson
Fiona Hill, National Security Council, and Kenneth Keen
Stuart Holliday, of Meridian International Center, and Gwen Holliday
John F. Kelly, White House chief of staff, and Karen Kelly
Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) and Rebecca Kennedy
Henry Kissinger and Nancy Kissinger
Henry Kravis and Marie-Josée Kravis
Lawrence Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, and Judith Kudlow
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund
Ronald Lauder and Jo Carole Lauder
Aurélien Lechevallier, deputy diplomatic adviser to President Macron
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and Lauren LePage
Christopher Liddell, White House deputy chief of staff, and Renee Liddell
Bruno Le Maire, French minister of the economy and finance
Jim Mattis, secretary of defense
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Judy McCarthy
Jamie McCourt, U.S. ambassador to France
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, and Patrick McDaniel
Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser
Aaron Wess Mitchell, assistant secretary of state, and Elizabeth Mitchell
Steven T. Mnuchin, secretary of the treasury, and Louise Linton
Mary Morton, of the National Gallery of Art, and Keith Forman
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall Murdoch
Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of homeland security, and Chad Wolf
Florence Parly, French minister for the armed forces
Vice President Pence and Karen Pence
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States
Hervé Pierre Braillard
Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Susan Pompeo
Dina Powell and David McCormick
Gen. Benoît Puga
John G. Roberts Jr., chief justice of the United States, and Jane Roberts
Adm. Bernard Rogel
John F.W. Rogers, of Goldman Sachs, and Deborah Lehr
Virginia Rometty, of IBM, and Mark Anthony Rometty
Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce, and Hilary Ross
Rep. Edward R. Royce (R-Calif.) and Marie Royce
David Rubenstein, of the Carlyle Group, and Gabrielle Rubenstein
Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the speaker of the House, and Janna Ryan
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, and Bryan Sanders
Marielle de Sarnez, president of foreign affairs committee for French National Assembly
Stephen Schwarzman, of the Blackstone Group, and Christine Schwarzman
Thomas A. Shannon Jr., undersecretary of state
Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse
Frederick Smith, of FedEx and Diane Smith
John J. Sullivan, deputy secretary of state, and Graciela Rodriguez
Julie Sweet and Chad Sweet
Benedict Wolf and Ursula Wolf
#1174603 at 2018-04-25 02:17:52 (UTC+1) Q Research General #1469: Red Carpet vs. MOAB
Other notable guests included members of Louisiana's congressional delegation and its Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, billionaire David Rubinstein, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, French Ambassador to the US GerardAraud, Cabinet secretaries and other administration officials.
And Apple CEO Tim Cook
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The American president went, Thursday evening, to the French embassy in Washington, to write a message of support for France in a book of condolences.
Two days after the attack on Charlie Hebdo , Barack Obama gave his personal support to France in a condolence book deposited at the French embassy, ??Thursday, January 8, in Washington (United States). "Long live France !" the American president wrote in French. A strong gesture, like the many messages of solidarity from the United States to its ally wounded by the attack.
"On behalf of all Americans, I express to the French our solidarity after this terrible terrorist attack in Paris , he wrote. As allies through the centuries, we are united with our French brothers for us. ensure that justice is done. We move forward together, convinced that terror will not overcome freedom and the ideals which are ours, the ideals which illuminate the world. Long live France! "
Honeymoon between Washington and Paris
"It is a very, very strong, exceptional gesture," said French Ambassador Gérard Araud. "I told President Obama that we were deeply moved by the reactions of the Americans […] and by the support we have received," he added on Twitter.
This outpouring of compassion in the United States comes on a relative diplomatic honeymoon between Washington and Paris, side by side in the fight against extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. And although the two allies have differences on certain issues, they are light years away from their cold snap during the Iraq war in 2003, under the presidency of George W. Bush. The French fries (chips, English) were then renamed Freedom fries, and French wine was poured into the US sinks.