Photos show the tree Macron and Trump planted at the White House is no longer on the South Lawn

  • During the state visit last week, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump planted a tree that Macron brought as a gift from a forest in France.
  • The tree had grown where US Marines fought a legendary battle during World War I.
  • But on Saturday, Reuters photos show a yellow spot where the two leaders planted the tree.


The oak sapling that French President Emmanuel Macron brought from a forest in France for him and US President Donald Trump to plant on the South Lawn of the White House has apparently disappeared.

Trump Macron planting a treeReuters/Joshua Roberts

The photos of the tree-planting sparked many memes on Tuesday:

trump macron tree brigitte melaniaREUTERS/Steve Holland

But on Saturday, Reuters photographer Yuri Gripas captured photos that show the tree is no longer where Trump and Macron planted it:

white house treeREUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Here's a closer look at the grass:

white house treeREUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The Daily Mail, BBC News, and HuffPost France speculated that the tree may have been temporarily removed under federal rules since it was an imported plant.

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.

Macron and Trump had planted the tree the day after Macron arrived in D.C.

Business Insider reached out to the White House for an explanation and will update this post if we hear back.

See more from the tree planting:

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U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shovel dirt onto a freshly planted oak tree as first lady Melania Trump watches on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shovel dirt onto a freshly planted oak tree as Brigitte Macron and first lady Melania Trump watch during a tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2018. Picture taken April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Holland
Brigitte Macron holds the shovel used by U.S. President Donald Trump after a tree planting as and first lady Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron stand on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands as first lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron watch after planting a tree on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump plant an oak tree sapling with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron after planting a tree on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,. U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron after planting a tree on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,. U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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