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Why Macron-Trump Friendship Tree Has Vanished From White House Lawn

01 May 2018

Macron gave the oak sapling to Trump and the pair used golden shovels to plant it on the lawn in a display of camaraderie for the cameras. "We also have a lot of respect for the Iranian people ... but we do not repeat the mistakes of the past".

Plants being brought into the USA must also come with a "foreign phytosanitary certificate", which certifies that plants and plant products are free from regulated pests, in addition to meeting a number of other requirements.

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Merkel, accustomed to being feted in the U.S. capital under Trump's two predecessors, didn't receive the same pomp and circumstance.

Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, after a meeting with foreign ministers at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, that he was working to address Trump's complaints about the Iran nuclear accord, and that Trump would quit the deal unless there was "a substantive fix".

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Merkel's team had prepared for a hard meeting.

Another EU source said "discussions are ongoing, we are waiting", indicating that Brussels was holding out for a last-minute decision from Trump, possibly as late as Monday night. The official said both sides knew all along that the tree would go later into quarantine. Trump signaled openness to the idea, without endorsing it explicitly.

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"The president expressed his desire for discussions on controlling (Iran's) nuclear activity after 2025, in close cooperation with Russian Federation, other permanent members of the UN Security Council, European and regional powers", the French statement said. An initial exemption granted to the European Union from the tariffs is set to expire Monday night, and Trump has steadfastly insisted he wants other economic or security concessions from countries seeking a permanent waiver. Europe has lined up its own punitive tariffs on American imports including iconic items such as Harley-Davidson motorbikes, blue jeans and bourbon whiskey. Europe's plan would impose 25% tariffs on $3.4 billion (€2.8 billion) in various U.S. exports. They anticipate an indefinite and unquestioning dispensation from the USA tariffs.

Why Macron-Trump Friendship Tree Has Vanished From White House Lawn