Let`s tree again: Macron offers Trump replacement for `friendship` oak

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"People shouldn't read into symbols where there are none", Macron told Swiss broadcaster RTS in an interview yesterday. And that war is present in our democracies - it's the profound crisis we're going through.

Europe should think outside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation dictates and restore relations with Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed, calling for a "strategic debate" with Moscow over mutual areas of concern.

The two heads of states had celebrated the countries' friendship by planting the oak tree together on the White House's South Lawn during Macron's state visit to the United States a year ago.

"The symbol was to plant it together".

"We should not see a symbol where there is none".

The French President added: "It so happened that this oak tree for quarantine sanitary reasons did not survive the quarantine in America. the poor thing did not survive because it had to go through quite a tough diet".

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.

"It would not be good to leave Russian Federation to China", he added, reminding that Europe should "never forget the price [the Soviet Union] paid" in World War II to free the continent from Nazi Germany.

Ms Merkel has said she will retire from politics when her term as German chancellor ends in two years' time and is not officially a candidate for European Commission president, throwing her support behind Weber, instead.

Upon Trump's return to American soil, he unleashed a Twitter rant about Macron's supposed approval ratings.

Once described as a "bromance", the presidential relationship has since withered.

Macron is at odds over the American's unilateralist approach to trade, climate change and a nuclear deal with Iran.

During a speech in September 2018 to the United Nations General Assembly, Macron argued that "dialogue and multilateralism" were a more effective means of solving problems.



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