Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron plant a tree watched by Trump's wife Melania and Macron's wife Brigitte.
The oak sapling French President Emmanuel Macron presented to President Trump last year to symbolize 100 years of friendship between the two nations died while in quarantine, the French newspaper Le Monde reported.
The oak was given as a gift to the U.S. president during Macron's visit in 2018.
A tree that the presidents of the USA and France planted together as a symbol of friendship has died - just as the relationship between the two leaders shows signs of withering.
Now French media have revealed that the tree died while in quarantine, where it was meant to live in United States custody for two years before being replanted back on the White House lawn.
The tree was reportedly never planted and died in quarantine.
Beyond the White House lawn, some of Trump's and Macron's' disagreements include the Iranian nuclear deal (described by Trump as "terrible") or Macron's criticism of his American counterpart's withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear treaty.
The gift came from a forest in northern France where 2,000 U.S. soldiers died in World War I, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
"It is a quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported into the US", Gerard Araud, who was then the French ambassador to the US, wrote on Twitter, adding that it would be replanted later.
"It was during this visit to Washington that Emmanuel Macron understood that Donald Trump would not budge", Haddad said.