Macron unsure whether Trump will stick to Iran deal

Taking its leaves Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron plant the tree on Monday last week. Below the empty space

Taking its leaves Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron plant the tree on Monday last week. Below the empty space

While not naming China, Macron said France will increase its influence in the region to ensure "rules-based development".

The European sessile oak, which is about four feet and five inches tall and five to 10 years old, was a gift from the French President. The sapling was taken from the woods northeast of Paris, where almost 2,000 American soldiers died during World War I.

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

A pictured emerged on Saturday showing a patch of uneven, yellowed grass where the planting photo had been taken.

Brigitte Macron, 65, met the First Lady and President Donald Trump when on a state visit to America with her husband, French President Emmanuel Macron, 40.

"She can't even open a window at the White House", Brigitte said in conversation with Le Monde.

Angela Merkel's visit to Washington tests Germany's maturity

The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of U.S. Marine Corps legend.

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.

But French Ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, tweeted that the sapling had been put in quarantine to comply with U.S. customs regulations, and would be replanted at a later date.

It was feared parasites from the tree could spread to others on White House property.

Reuters reported that the tree grew near the "Devil Dog" fountain.

When a follower fired back that the caution seemed a bit late - given that the tree had already been planted - the diplomat went on to confirm that the roots had been enclosed in plastic.

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United now have 77 points, which is 11 more than fifth-placed Chelsea. By then, United was 1-0 ahead thanks to Paul Pogba's 16th-minute goal.

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