Trump Plans White House Funeral for Younger Brother

'I think he'd be greatly honored'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2020 3:03 PM CDT
Trump Plans White House Funeral for Younger Brother
President Trump pauses while speaking with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump might say a final farewell to his younger brother at the White House. The president says he is considering a Friday afternoon service for Robert Trump, who died in New York City on Saturday. "We may do just a small service right here at the White House for my brother. We're looking at doing that," Trump told reporters Monday, per CNN. "That would be, I think, a great honor to him. I think he'd be greatly honored. He loved our country, he loved our country so much, he was so proud." Trump visited his brother in the hospital on Friday. No cause of death for the 71-year-old has been disclosed. More:

  • "Not an ounce of jealousy." In an interview Monday, Trump described his brother as "his biggest fan," with "not an ounce of jealousy." "This was not a great weekend. It’s very hard. You knew it was going to happen, but still when it happens it’s a very tough thing,” the president told Fox and Friends, per the AP. "He was a great guy. He was a tremendous guy. He was my friend. I guess they say best friend, and that’s true. And losing him, not easy."

  • White House funerals are rare. Some presidents have lain in repose at the White House, but it's rare for funerals to be held there, Politico notes. But many other presidents have used it for personal events: There have been at least 18 White House weddings, going back to the wedding of the sister of first lady Dolley Madison in 1812.
  • "The quietest of the Trumps." Robert Trump, the youngest of the five Trump siblings, "cast himself as his brother's polar opposite" during the years he worked for the Trump Organization, where former execs describe him as dignified and quiet, according to a New York Times obituary. "You could consider him the quietest of Trumps," says Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. "He was glad to stay out of the spotlight."
  • Condolences from rivals. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were among those offering their condolences to the president on Sunday, People reports. "Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert’s passing," Biden tweeted. "I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one—and I know how important family is in moments like these. I hope you know that our prayers are with you all."
  • Post slammed for "sick" headline. Conservatives including Sen. Ted Cruz were outraged by headline the Washington Post gave its obituary of Robert Trump, Fox reports. They said the headline on the Post's website—"Robert Trump, younger brother of President Trump who filed lawsuit against niece, dies at 71" —was too political. Cruz called the headline "sick" and said the paper "should be ashamed of itself."
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