From left, President James Monroe's fifth generation grandson Richard Emory Gatchell, Jr., first lady Melania Trump, and President Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter Mary Jean Eisenhower, participate in a presidential tree planting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Washington. The sapling was grown from the Eisenhower Oak and replaces a tree which blew down during a windstorm earlier this year. Additionally, this year marks the 200th anniversary of President Monroe's family moving back into the White House after the British set fire to it during the War of 1812. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Melania Trump helps plant baby Eisenhower oak at White House

August 27, 2018 - 4:33 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling it a "very special day," Melania Trump helped plant a sapling from an Eisenhower-era tree on the south grounds of the White House.

The White House says the 12- to 14-foot sapling came from the original Eisenhower oak near an East Wing garden created by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. It replaces a tree that groundskeepers removed after it was felled during a violent windstorm in March.

The first lady was joined Monday by Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard Emory Gatchell, Jr., a fifth-generation grandson of President James Monroe.

The White House says the planting was done in conjunction with the White House Historical Association's Presidential Sites Summit. The summit is a days-long gathering in Washington that draws many descendants of past presidents.

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