France's Macron will send new oak to Trump after tree died

Trump and Macron's friendship dies

Macron says he would back Merkel if she runs for EU leadership

This week, USA officials confirmed that the tree symbolising 100 years of French-American friendship had died.

A yellow spot is seen where the tree planted by French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump on April 23 stood on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2018.

Macron said that he objects to Weber becoming European Union commission president, as Weber was unknown to voters in Europe and had not campaigned across Europe.

The two heads of states had celebrated the countries' friendship by planting the oak tree together on the White House's South Lawn during Macron's state visit to the United States a year ago.

It died in quarantine after being dug up.

At the time, Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the USA, said the tree would be replanted following its time in quarantine.

News of the tree's demise emerges at a strained time for relations between America and France.

While in quarantine the tree died and was never replaced, according to France's Le Monde newspaper, which was the first to report about the tree's death.

"100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom".

Macron then praised leaders of the Second World War for setting up the United Nations after the conflict.

He added: 'It's what the U.S. did in setting up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO.

The Euractiv journalist told Euronews he believes Angela Merkel could jump into the European Commission leadership race at the last moment with the support of Emmanuel Macron following the Frech President's claim he would back the German Chancellor if she wanted the top EU job.

'This promise of Normandy, we must find its essence once again to seize this commitment, what we owe to our homeland, to the alliance of countries with shared values, that of democracy and liberty'.

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