The US President, 74, held hands with his wife Melania as Robert’s coffin was lifted into a hearse. Earlier, the family honoured 71-year-old Robert, who died in a NewYork hospital last weekend, with a memorial service in the East Room. A bagpiper played as the mourners filed outside.

 Among them were Donald’s children and their partners, Kimberly Guilfoyle, DonaldTrump Jr, Jared Kushner, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Michael Boulos and Tiffany Trump.

Also believed to be there were Robert’s widow Ann, his ex-wife Blaine and their adopted son Christopher Trump-Retchin. A private burial service is planned.

Donald said of his brother, who he visited in hospital a day before he died of apparent haemorrhaging following a fall: “I think he’d be greatly honoured. 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 had worked for theTrump Organisation after starting his career on Wall Street.

Anita McBride, an expert on protocol who served in three US administrations, said of the funeral venue: “It’s completely within the president’s aegis to honour his brother there.

“The White House is very complex – it’s an office, a museum and a home.”



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