Donald Trump held a private funeral service at the White House Friday for his younger brother Robert who died last week one day after the president flew to New York to be by his bedside.
Trump and Melania Trump watched pallbearers carrying Robert’s casket out of the North Portico of the White House and down the steps to a waiting hearse late Friday afternoon.
At one point, the president shut his eyes and took a moment at the top of the steps as his brother’s coffin was led down the steps and bagpipes played in the background.
The First Lady, dressed in a midi length belted black dress and black court shoes, comforted her grieving husband clutching tightly onto his hand.
This is the first time a deceased person was held at the US seat of government since President John F. Kennedy’s lay in state and his funeral procession started from there following his assassination back in 1963.
The service made Trump’s brother one of only a handful of private citizens to have had their funeral service in the White House in its entire history.
Trump and Melania watch the casket of his brother Robert be placed in a hearse and driven away from the White House
The two brothers pictured together in 1999. Robert died Saturday age 71 after ‘suffering brain bleeds from a recent fall’
The president’s sons Barron Trump (center) and Donald Trump Jr. (right) with girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle pay tribute to their uncle
The president’s children look on as Robert’s casket is led out of the White House after the service