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

Israel Katz

"It was actually a special favor from Trump to France to be able to plant the tree the day of the president's visit", an official from Macron's office said. Neither leader appeared to have made progress convincing Trump to make the exemptions permanent.

Merkel and Trump do not have the close personal bond that Trump shares with Macron. The missing sapling is simply in quarantine, as is required for plants and animals brought into the US from outside the country.

The German presentation didn't appear to move the USA president, however, and in his joint news conference with Merkel, he again demanded a "fair and reciprocal trading relationship". He did greet her outside the West Wing with a handshake and a kiss on each cheek and, at the end of their news conference, a tentative pat on her back.

Last year, then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared to mispronounce Mr Turnbull's name - a few times - during a press conference in which he stressed Donald Trump's "tremendous respect" for the Australian PM. And the German chancellor looked on unhappily when Trump upbraided North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations last summer for not spending enough on defense as he stood in NATO'S gleaming new Brussels headquarters.

"We share the vision of a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific and will work closely to realise it, whether it is closer co-operation on maritime activities, support for our friends in the Pacific through humanitarian and disaster relief, support for infrastructure in the region", Mr Turnbull said.

Marouane Fellaini wants Manchester United to offer him a two-year deal
Arsenal's tie with Atletico is delicately poised after the sides battled to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Thursday. On the pre-match presentation from Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson , Wenger said it was very "nice and classy".

"Every leader is different, every relationship is different", Conway said.

Stefanik said shutting down Iran's ballistic missile programs needs to be part of any nuclear agreement. And if this visit lacked a big show of bonhomie, that might just be fine with Merkel, who has little to gain at home by being overly friendly with Trump, according to German political analyst Jan Techau. "For all we know, she might be able to win him over".

Germany's planned increase of $18 billion in defense spending over the next three years also failed to impress Trump, even though it was a hard concession Merkel and her party wrested from their governing partner, the Social Democrats, during coalition talks earlier this year.

Speaking at a news conference in Australia on Wednesday, Macron warned against attempts at sabotaging the nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), noting that no one wants more regional tensions.

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