The White House's oldest tree will be removed

Frederick Owens
December 28, 2017

A tree that was planted in 1828 by then US President Andrew Jackson is being cut down because its structural integrity is fucked.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said earlier in the week that Mrs. Trump had given her OK for a large portion of the tree to be cut back after she reviewed reports about the magnolia's condition prepared by government experts and explored options with White House staff. She expressed deep concern on the safety of the members of the press who usually stood right in front of it during the Marine One lifts. Trump, the first sitting president to visit since Ronald Reagan, toured the mansion and a somber Trump walked under to Jackson's tomb saluting and laying a wreath as Taps played in the background. According to the documents, it is "completely dependent on the artificial support", which was installed in 1981, and "without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago".

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the 95th annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service on the Ellipse near the White House, on November 30. Rachel's health began to decline as Jackson's political career progressed, and her existing medical issues were compounded by personal attacks during the campaign on her marriage and virtue.

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The White House did not inform news organizations ahead of time that the tree would be trimmed on Wednesday.

The document from the United States National Arboretum also noted that "the high winds resulting from frequent helicopter landings complicates the future of the [west limb]", saying that it "may fail in an unpredictable way". But the tree has decayed to a point where it can no longer be safely preserved, CNN reports. The tree came from a sprout of her favorite magnolia at The Hermitage in Nashville. It was placed at the west side of the South Portico in 1835, according to the White House Historical Association.

The historic tree was featured on the back of the $20 bill from 1928 to 1998, and seedlings have been given as gifts over the years.

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