A photo of President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shoveling dirt onto a tree quickly became a meme.

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Donald Trump planted a tree—and it’s already sprouting memes

It's fertile meme material.

 

Grace Speas

Internet Culture

Published Apr 24, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 5:35 pm CDT

French President Emmanuel Macron gifted President Donald Trump a small tree on Monday—and gifted the internet with a meme.

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Macron presented the tree during his visit to the U.S. as a reminder of the “ties that bind” Americans to the French, Macron tweeted. The tree comes from Belleau Wood, the site of a battle in World War I where “more than 9,000 American soldiers died,” according to the Hill.

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Videos and photos show Trump and Macron shoveling dirt on the already partially-planted tree on the South Lawn of the White House as their wives, Melania and Brigitte, watch.

The scene has already become wildly popular on Twitter.

Maybe the bulk of the image’s comedy stems from the extravagant outfits of the couples. Maybe it’s the image of Trump doing some good old yard work. Maybe it’s the way the first lady is standing. We can speculate, but what we know for sure is that the scene is fertile meme material.

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The photo has undeniable cinematic qualities.

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Some theorists on Twitter said the tree could have been Macron’s way to troll Trump for opposing the Paris Climate Accord, BuzzFeed reported.

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Regardless of Macron’s intentions with his gift, the picture makes a pretty good meme. Or album cover. Or Netflix ad. Or whatever.

H/T BuzzFeed

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*First Published: Apr 24, 2018, 4:58 pm CDT