Friday evening was a solemn one at the White House following a private funeral ceremony at the executive residence.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, President Donald Trump and other loved ones said their final farewell to Robert Trump, the president’s younger brother, who died earlier this month.
“Rest in Peace!”
Despite the private nature of the event, reporters managed to capture portions of the ceremony on video.
In one clip, the president and first lady Melania Trump can be seen holding hands outside the White House’s north portico as pallbearers lifted the casket into a hearse. The hymn “Abide with Me” was being played by a bagpiper in the background.
A number of relatives and friends are also seen in the video as they looked on from a nearby staircase. Trump tweeted his thoughts following the ceremony, writing: “Robert, I Love You. Rest in Peace!”
Friday’s funeral took place less than a week after Robert Trump died. The president visited him at a New York hospital during his final hours on Saturday.
In subsequent days, the president has opened up about how difficult the loss has been for him personally as well as the close relationship the brothers had in life.
“It is with a heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president wrote in a statement. “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.”
“It’s a very tough thing”
In a Fox News Channel interview on Monday, he said his brother’s death was expected but nonetheless painful.
“This was not a great weekend,” he said. “It’s very hard. You knew it was going to happen, but still, when it happens it’s a very tough thing.”
According to ABC News, the last time a deceased person was transported to the White House was in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Defending his intent to hold the White House ceremony, Trump said his brother “loved our country so much.”
As the first family continues to deal with the grief caused by this death, Americans of all political views are united in extending sympathy and compassion.