The reason for its disappearance has been answered.
France's Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Angela Merkel made their separate ways to Washington with a joint mission: to persuade president Donald Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear accord and grant the European Union a reprieve from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium. It initially grew at the site of World War I's Battle of Belleau Wood, in which almost 2,000 American soldiers were killed.
The German leader's two-hour working lunch at the White House on Friday began with a cordial exchange; Trump lauded Merkel as an "extraordinary woman". Macron told Putin about the outcome of his visit to the United States with the focus on the talks devoted to the situation around the Iran nuclear deal.
U.S. President Donald Trump last month granted the European Union, and countries such as Canada and Mexico, a temporary exemption from the tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium. By the end of the week, the tree was gone from the lawn.
A pictured emerged on Saturday showing a patch of uneven, yellowed grass where the planting photo had been taken.
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The White House said more than 9,000 U.S. Marines died in the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918 - and said the forest is a memorial site and important symbol of the sacrifice made to ensure peace and stability in Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron and American President Donald Trump planted it last week on the grounds of the White House.
In fact, 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires a quarantine period for some plants, seeds and even land brought into the U.S. from overseas to avoid potential spread of diseases or of invasive insects that may have gone undetected.
Reuters reported that the tree would be inspected for parasites, which could spread to other trees nearby if left unchecked.
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