According to the Associated Press, a portion of the tree was removed on Wednesday.
"Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago".
The documents read in part, "Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as the cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is hard to predict when and how many more will fail". According to her, first lady had proceeded to hold a discussion with the White House staff which approved her decision.
Although at first sight the tree appears normal, a report from the United States National Arboretum, quoted by CNN, said "the tree is greatly compromised" and "completely dependent on the artificial support". Seedlings from the tree have also been used as gifts. 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.
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At the First Lady's request wood from the tree will be preserved, as will seedlings to facilitate the planting of a new magnolia.
The tree is expected to be removed later this week. For months, groundskeepers cared for offshoots of the tree, which are now about eight to 10 feet tall. Back in the 1970s, this was the standard procedure in this circumstance. Jackson's populist politics have resonated with Trump.
"We understand this is a historic tree, and all measures have been used to save it to this point in time". CNN reports that the Jackson Magnolia tree has been deemed too damaged and decayed to remain.
History states that the tree was grown from a sprout from a tree from Andrew Jackson's farm.
His wife, Rachel, died shortly after his 1828 election victory. It was said to have been taken from his wife's favorite tree in Hermitage, Tennessee, and was planted after her death and his inauguration in 1829. It grew into the sprawling giant that has since been the backdrop of annual ceremonies and White House events. It was a handsome tree which has graced the White House's south façade over quite a long period of time but times has come for a significant part of it to be removed.