President Donald Trump with first lady Melania


By Ibrahim Dosara



A report by the CNN, today says the United States of American first lady, Melania Trump has ordered the removal of a nearly-200-year-old tree from the White House. The historic tree, “Jackson Magnolia” which has been on the south facade of the White House since the 1800s, is the oldest on the grounds.
According to CNN, the first lady reportedly made the decision today Tuesday, Dec 26, to have it removed after tree specialists determined “the overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised,”

Documents obtained by the CNN documents from specialists at the United States National Arboretum, which determined the magnolia tree must be removed. The tree is “completely dependent on artificial support,” the document read. The document also said: “Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago. Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail,” as reported by the CNN.

Kids participate in an Easter egg roll race during the 139th White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 17, 2017. Getty
The tree was featured on the back of the $20 bill between 1928 and 1998. A 1994 single-engine plane crash damaged the magnolia by slicing off one of its branches. Last year, former first lady Michelle Obama brought a seedling as a gift to the people of Cuba—which wasn’t the first time replanted seedlings have been gifted. It has been the backdrop of events from state arrival ceremonies and Marine One departures and arrivals to Easter Egg Rolls. As CNN pointed out, the tree ironically stands behind where the press is located during these events.


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