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    Melania Trump orders White House tree from 1800s to be cut down

    First Lady Melania Trump has ordered that a tree on White House grounds from the 1800s be cut down. 
    The Jackson Magnolia tree located on the west side of the building is too damaged to stay, according to specialists from the US National Arboretum called in by the White House for a consultation. 
    CNN reported that “the overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support.” 
    The tree is currently held up by an “extensive cabling system” according to documents issued by the agency. 
    However, some of the cable has begun to pull through the wood, comprising the structure of the tree. 
    Ms Trump “personally reviewed the reports from the United States National Arboretum and spoke at length with her staff about exploring every option before making the decision to remove a portion of the Magnolia tree,” White House Communications Director Stephanie Grisham told CNN. 
    She said: “After reviewing the reports, she trusted that every effort had been made to preserve the historic tree and was concerned about the safety of visitors and members of the press who are often standing right in front of the tree during Marine One lifts.”
    independent.co.uk

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