Emmanuel Macron's gift to America has been placed in quarantine

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Yet Merkel used her public comments after her meeting with Trump to try to gloss over that disagreement, calling the Obama-era accord a "first step" toward curtailing and containing Iran's regional ambitions and suggesting openness to a side agreement. She signaled that the close relationship with the USA was changing.

An anonymous source from Macron's administration told HuffPost France that US Customs and Border Control requires any imported plant be inspected and undergo a period of quarantine.

The French president's office says there's nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn.

But after a state visit to the USA this week, he admitted he had failed to secure any promise from Trump to keep the deal alive.

"It was actually a special favour from Trump to France to be able to plant the tree the day of the president's visit", the official said according to Reuters.

Macron's office said he and Putin "expressed their common will to preserve the gains from the agreement", which saw Iran agree to freeze its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions. Trump signaled openness to the idea, without endorsing it explicitly.

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
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If the deal collapses, she went on, "there will be huge consequences because I don't think Iran will stay in the deal if the USA is going [to leave]".

An exemption to the steel tariffs is crucial for Germany, which exports far more finished steel products to the United States than any other European nation.

"The threatened tariffs remain a major burden on transatlantic relations", added Kempf.

Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Merkel and Macron were "trying to make the best of what is intrinsically an unpleasant and risky situation".

"They committed to continue working closely together and with the United States on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses - including those issues that a new deal might cover", the statement said. They anticipate an indefinite and unquestioning dispensation from the USA tariffs.

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