After some confusion, an official from Macron’s office set the record straight. The tree was put in quarantine as a safety measure, like other foreign plants or animals brought into U.S. territory. The official said Mr. Trump insisted on holding a symbolic planting ceremony despite the quarantine requirement.
But more than a year later, the tree has not come out of quarantine — because, as it turns out, it died there, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reports. In keeping with that symbolism, the presidents’ relationship with one another has also taken a turn for the worse since then.
Separate, quarantine, exterminate. Aka the “children-seeking-asylum” methodology.
I mean, “when all you’ve got is a hammer…”