The European sessile oak tree French President Emmanuel Macron gave as a gift to President Donald Trump has disappeared, the BBC reported.
The two leaders planted the sapling — taken from the site of the 1918 battle of Belleau Wood northeast of Paris, — during Macron's state visit last week, when he said the tree would be a reminder of "these ties that bind us.”
But a Reuters photographer Saturday took a shot of only a yellow patch of grass on the White House south lawn where the tree once stood, the BBC reported, posting a Twitter picture of the empty spot.
French radio network Franceinfo quotes gardening site gerbaud.com reporting the type of oak given to Trump is better planted in autumn, giving it time to grow deep roots "to face the drought of the following summer.,” the BBC reported.
"The tree may be back in October," Franceinfo speculates, the BBC reported.
The Huffington Post in France, meanwhile, quoted an unnamed source at the Elysee Palace saying the tree is under routine quarantine and is doing well.
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