President Trump said he intends to hold his younger brother Robert Trump’s funeral at the White House on Friday, telling reporters it would be “a great honor” to the late executive.
“We may do just a small service right here in the White House for my brother,” Trump said on the White House South Lawn on Monday after Robert died in Manhattan on Saturday at the age of 71.
“I think it would be a great honor to him. I think he’d be greatly honored. He loved our country. He loved our country so much. He would be so proud of what we were doing and what we are doing for our country,” he continued.
“I think it would be appropriate, so we’ll have it probably on Friday afternoon, a small service in honor of my brother, Robert,” he said.
It’s unclear where in the executive mansion the funeral would be held, with the nearest chapel St. John’s Episcopal Church on the other side of Lafayette Square.
Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, returned to the White House on Sunday evening — the first time the trio had been seen in public since before the coronavirus outbreak in winter.
Barron, 14, appeared to tower over his 5-foot-11 mom, and even appeared several inches taller than his 6-foot-3 dad, as the three touched down on the White House lawn on Marine One after spending the weekend at the president’s golf resort in Bedminster, NJ.
Trump waved to a crowd as the three walked toward the White House. They were last seen in public together on Jan. 17 when they departed the White House on their way to Mar-a-Lago.
Robert Trump, the youngest of the president’s siblings, died just days after he was hospitalized on Friday, with the president rushing to New York to visit his brother at his bedside for close to an hour.
Robert also spent a week in intensive care at Mount Sinai Hospital in June and reportedly suffered brain bleeds since a recent fall, a family friend told the New York Times.
The death appears to have hit the president hard, with Trump describing him as his “best friend.”
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president said in a statement.
“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” he went on. “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.”