Funeral for President’s Brother, Robert Trump, Held at White House

President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon held a private funeral event for his late brother, Robert Trump.

Several dozen guests attended the event, which took place in the East Room of the White House.

Around 5:20 p.m., Robert Trump’s casket was transferred to a hearse waiting outside.

President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and several family members followed the pallbearers down the steps as bagpipes played the hymn “Abide With Me.”

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands as they watch people carry the casket of Robert Trump after a memorial service for the president’s younger brother at the White House in Washington on Aug 21, 2020.
Funeral Held For President Trump's Brother Robert At The White House
President Donald Trump’s children and their partners, (L-R) Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Michael Boulos, and Tiffany Trump walk onto the White House North Portico following the funeral of Robert Trump in Washington on Aug. 21, 2020.
Funeral Held For President Trump's Brother Robert At The White House
President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump are joined by members of the Trump family as Robert Trump’s casket is driven away in a hearse at the North Portico of the White House following his funeral service in Washington on Aug. 21, 2020.

The family members stood at attention and held hands for a couple of moments as the casket was placed inside the vehicle.

A few dozen family and friends stood nearby on the White House steps. As the hearse drove away, the president and first lady returned to the residence and some in the group embraced in an effort to provide comfort.

Funeral Held For President Trump's Brother Robert At The White House
Members of the Trump family embrace following the funeral of Robert Trump at the White House in Washington on Aug. 21, 2020.

The event marked the first White House funeral service since 1963 when president John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

“Robert, I Love You. Rest In Peace!” the president wrote on Twitter late Friday.

When Trump explained why he wanted to have a service for his brother at the White House, he said: “I think he’d be greatly honored. He loves our country. He loved our country so much. He was so proud of what we were doing and what we are doing for our country. So I think it would be appropriate.”

Robert Trump, the youngest of the five Trump siblings, died on Aug. 15 at the age of 71, and would have turned 72 in 11 days. The cause of death was not disclosed.

“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president said in a statement on Aug. 15.

“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”

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Robert Trump and Donald Trump at an event in New York on Nov. 3, 1999.

Just a day prior, the president visited him at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Trump told reporters on Aug. 14 that his brother was “having a hard time” with an undisclosed illness.

Robert Trump worked in corporate finance on Wall Street before joining the family business as a top executive in the Trump Organization. He retired to upstate New York where he supported local charities, including being a trustee for the Angels of Light, a nonprofit that gives holiday presents to children with life-threatening illnesses. He also donated to a horse rescue group.

President Trump told Fox News in an interview on Aug. 17 that his brother Robert was his “biggest fan.” Robert Trump had previously told the New York Post in 2016 that he supported his brother’s presidential campaign “1,000 percent.”

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