Trump, Macron plant a tree at the White House to begin state visit
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron plant an oak sapling tree at the White House on Monday. It was a gift from Macron that came from a World War One battle site where 9,000 Americans were killed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron plant an oak sapling tree at the White House on Monday, which was a gift from Macron that was removed from a World War One battle site.
The tree came from the Belleau Woods, the site where 9,000 Americans died.
Trump and Macron shoveled dirt on the freshly planted tree as the cameras clicked. “France is a very special country,” said Trump. “It’s a great honor.”
Trump, his wife, Melania, and Macron and his wife Brigitte then flew aboard Trump’s Marine One helicopter to dine at Mount Vernon, the Virginia home of George Washington, the first U.S. president and Revolutionary War commander whose alliance with France was critical to victory over the British.
Working meetings will be held at the White House on Tuesday before Macron addresses the U.S. Congress the following day, the anniversary of the day French General Charles de Gaulle addressed a joint session of Congress in 1960.
Macron’s visit is the first time Trump has hosted a state visit since he took power in January 2017.