Macron's tree removed from White House lawn just days after his departure

Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump

A French official added that Trump had insisted on holding a planting photo op and that both sides knew the tree would be quarantined.

The oak had originally sprouted at the site of the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, where about 2,000 USA troops died fighting the Germans in 1918, and Macron wanted his counterpart to have the sapling on the occasion of his state dinner.

The tree had simply vanished, leaving behind nothing but a sad yellow patch of grass.

Less than a week after the French president implored the White House to stick with the agreement during a state visit to the Washington, Mr Macron suggested that the deal could be widened.

Melania Trump is a virtual "prisoner" at the White House according to shock claims made by France's First Lady.

After entering the First World War in 1917, US forces were instrumental in beating the Germans back on the Western Front in 1918 and liberating France.

Donald and Melania Trump
GETTY "PRISONER: Melania has no freedom at the White House claims French First Lady Brigitte Macron

Now the oak sapling is gone - at least temporarily.

In fact, the tree, from Belleau Wood in France where nearly 2,000 American soldiers died in a World War One battle, had been dug up not long after it was planted.

When gifting it to Trump, the French president tweeted: 'This Oak Tree, (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us'. The French edition of Huffpost quoted a French government official as saying the oak was "doing well" but was under quarantine.

The Daily Mail, BBC News, and HuffPost France speculated that the tree may have been temporarily removed under federal rules since it was an imported plant.

Amid fervent speculation, France on Sunday came through with an explanation: the tree, now not just a plant but a symbol of US-French relations, had been placed in quarantine. If nothing else, this is another demonstration of how the White House Communications Office doesn't seem to be on top of the game.

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