Missing White House oak tree mystery solved: If only same vigor existed about 33,000 missing HRC emails


The riveting mystery of the missing oak tree planted by President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House has been solved.

Americans – and French citizens – can now breathe a sigh of relief.

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But many may not have even known there was a mystery at all, following the apparent disappearance of the sapling that was ceremonially planted by the two leaders and their wives last week during the state visit of France’s president.

A gift from the people of France, the tree planted on the White House lawn originally grew at the site of World War I’s Battle of Belleau Wood, near the Marne River in France, in which thousands of American soldiers died in 1918 fighting a German offensive. The European sessile oak is about four feet and five inches tall and five to 10 years old, according to CNN.

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A few days after the planting, the tree had vanished.

“Something of a mystery has taken root at the White House,” ABC News reported.

Well, after all the brouhaha, it turns out the tree planting was only ceremonial as he plant needed to be quarantined before it could be permanently planted, following U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.

French ambassador to the US, Gerard Araud, said the tree’s “disappearance” was only temporary. “It is in quarantine which is mandatory for any living organism imported to the US. It will be replanted afterwards,” he tweeted

He also explained that the roots had initially been wrapped in plastic during the ceremonial planting.

Once the conspiracy theories could be tossed aside, it seemed clear that the Trump administration is pretty serious about immigration – even of plants.

Twitter users following the mystery or just learning about it once it was solved, weighed in on the episode.


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