US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planted an oak tree sapling which has mysteriously vanished, said media reports.
The sapling was a gift from the French President during his state visit last week, reports ABC News.
The sapling was planted by two leaders on April 23 in the South Lawn.
But now, less than a week later, photos show an off-colour, pale patch of turf where the sapling once stood. The White House is yet to comment on the development.
On 24 April, referring to the gift on Twitter, Macron had said that, “100 years ago, American soldiers fought in France, in Belleau to defend our freedom. This oak tree (my gift to @realDonaldTrump) will be a reminder at the White House of these ties that bind us. ”
In another tweet, he had written that the tree “grew from the earth where the blood of your soldiers was spilled to defend France.”
The sapling came from Belleau Wood in northeast France, where about 2,000 American soldiers died in a World War I battle.
The disappearance of Macron’s gift has become an internet sensation with mounting speculation about the tree’s fate.
(With agency inputs)