President Trump To Host Younger Brother Robert's Funeral At The White House Today

President Trump To Host Younger Brother Robert's Funeral At The White House Today

It would be the first funeral service to be held at the White House since JFK's funeral following his tragic assassination in 1963.

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President Donald Trump will be hosting a funeral service at the White House today for his beloved younger brother Robert, who passed away on Saturday after "suffering brain bleeds from a recent fall." For this private service, which will be attended by about 200 family and friends of the President, Robert's body will be driven to the White House from New York. It would the first funeral service to be held at the official residence and workplace of the U.S. leader since the funeral ceremony of President John F. Kennedy following his tragic assassination in 1963. This will make Robert one of only three private citizens to have their funeral function held at the White House in its entire history.


A source told ABC News, that the service will take place in the East Room of the White House and that the president will be personally paying for the expenses. On Monday, Trump announced that he is considering holding a small ceremony at the White House for Robert, expressing that his brother would be "greatly honored" by the gesture, as he "loved our country." According to Daily Mail, he told reporters, "We're looking at Friday. And we may do just a small service right here in the White House for my brother. We're looking at doing that. That would be, I think, a great honor to him."


"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," said Trump. Robert passed away a day after Trump paid him a visit in the New York hospital. At the time he told reporters about the strong bond he shares with his brother. "I have a wonderful brother. We’ve had a great relationship for a long time, from day one," Trump told reporters. "He’s in the hospital right now, and hopefully he’ll be all right." Unfortunately, Robert did not recover from his condition, the details of which were not released at the time of his hospitalization. 


Sharing the news of his death Trump said in a statement, "It is with a heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight. 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." Trump was quite close to his brother even though their personalities were the exact opposite. Donald Trump once described his younger brother as “much quieter and easygoing than I am," and "the only guy in my life whom I ever call 'honey.'" 


Appearing on Fox & Friends, Trump called the youngest of the five Trump siblings his "biggest fan" and paid him a tribute. "When I became president, he was, I think, one of the most loyal people. There was no jealously... There was not an ounce of jealousy," said Trump who plans on laying his brother to rest with the utmost respect. Only two known private citizens have had their funeral service held at the White House, including Louis Howe, an adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. Howe's service, which was held in 1936, was followed by William Lincoln's. Willie was the third son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln who passed away at the age of 11 in 1862 from typhoid fever. A private service honoring his death was held in the Green Room, reports Daily Mail.


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