Macron, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, visited Washington last week in the hope of persuading Trump not to reimpose sanctions on Iran before a May 12 deadline and imperil the 2015 deal but the White House has sounded unconvinced. Surprisingly, the tree went missing after Macron addressed the potential threats posed by climate change at a joint session of the Congress.
Mr Macron's office said that Mr Trump insisted on holding the symbolic planting ceremony despite the quarantine requirement and the roots were enclosed in plastic.
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A few days after the ceremonial planting of the tree photographers of the White house drew attention to the disappearance of seedlings. A pale patch of grass was left in its place.
The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of U.S. Marine Corps legend.
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.
In a telephone conversation with French Macron on Sunday evening, Rouhani said Iran has devised various measures for any possible decision that the United States president would make about the JCPOA on May 12.
Trump is a climate-change denialist who pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, so the French president's arboreal gift could be read as an environmental message. The tree was planted in front of the White House as a physical symbol of the 250-year relationship between France and the United States.