Macron tree planted at White House disappears

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In what appears to be the latest attempt to prevent Donald Trump scrapping the agreement, the Elysee Palace said Mr Macron proposed in an hour-long phone call with Tehran that discussions should close loop holes in the deal, which have angered the U.S. president.

An empty area where a tree was planted by President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron during a tree planting ceremony is seen through the media van window on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2018.

Trump, Macron, Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron all posed for photos on the south side of the White House lawn last Monday, as they planted the small sapling with shovels. A pale patch of grass now covers the spot where the symbol of the men's bond was meant to grow.

But many may not have even known there was a mystery at all, following the apparent disappearance of the sapling that was ceremonially planted by the two leaders and their wives last week during the state visit of France's president.

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The White House hasn't offered an explanation.

But just days later, the tree was noticeably absent from the White House. The missing sapling is simply in quarantine, as is required for plants and animals brought into the US from outside the country. Some trees in northern France have been affected by a species of moth that has not yet made it to the United States.

But, as Macron's office explained Sunday to Reuters, it wasn't thieves, environmental protesters or the Hillary resistance: parasites were to blame for the tree's removal.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mr Trump said France was "a very special country", adding: "I love the tree".

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