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Funeral for Presidents 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 Trumps 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.”

Funeral Held For President Trump's Brother Robert At The White House
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump follow his brother Robert Trumps casket out of the White House following his funeral service in Washington on Aug. 21, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Funeral Held For President Trump's Brother Robert At The White House
President Donald Trumps 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. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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 Trumps 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. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

Robert, I Love You. Rest In Peace!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2020

When Trump explained why he wanted to have a service for his brother at the White House, he said: “I think hed 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.

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