An oak tree gifted from France to the US vanished shortly after it was planted on the White House lawn last week.
Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump's infamous comments about Macron's wife?
The oak tree-planting ceremony was symbolic, and both leaders knew it would later be taken out and put into quarantine, an official from the French president's office said on Monday, per US law for any living object brought into the country.
But, within days, the tree has mysteriously vanished leaving only a patch of dirt in its place.
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The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of U.S. Marine Corps legend.
It was put in quarantine just like other plants or animals brought into the United States.
The French ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud stepped in to quell hypothesis on Twitter, explaining that the tree has exclusively been eliminated quickly for a interval of quarantine consistent with a compulsory apply of imported vegetation.
This Saturday photo shows an empty area where a tree was planted by President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The BBC cited a French gardening website that hypothesized the tree may have been moved somewhere else to better survive "the drought" of summer, and that it "may be back in October".
"Since then, it has returned to quarantine and will soon be replanted in the White House gardens", the official said, adding, "Don't worry, the tree is doing very well".