President Trump was greeted with rapturous applause from a small crowd of supporters as he returned to Washington, D.C. following the death of his younger brother, Robert.
The Commander-in-chief, 74, touched down at the White House on Sunday evening with his wife Melania, 50, and their son Barron, 14, following a short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey.
It was the first time the trio have appeared together in public since the coronavirus pandemic upended American life more than five months ago.
The President appeared somber as he made his way off Marine One, giving a tentative wave to the group of well-wishers as he walked across the lawn.
Trump is not only grieving his late brother, who died Saturday at the age of 71, but he is also facing a growing number of political crises.
In addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Commander-in-chief is also dealing with continued civil unrest, a gloomy economic outlook, and accusations that he is trying to botch the upcoming election by undermining the US Postal Service.
Additionally, a new poll shows Trump trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden by nine points ahead of the party’s conventions.
Meanwhile, Melania appeared in higher spirits as she strolled alongside her husband and smiled at the crowd.
The First Lady looked typically chic in a camel colored shirt dress which she teamed with a matching brown Birkin bag and a pair of sky-high stilettos.
However, even in her heels, the Sloevnian born beauty was still shorter than her strapping son Baron.
The high schooler also stood taller than his 6ft,3in father as he made his way home to the White House.
While en route to Bedminster on Friday, President Trump made a visit to Manhattan to visit his ill brother Robert as he lay dying in a New York hospital.
The 71-year-old, who reportedly took blood thinners, had recently been suffering from brain bleeds brought on by a fall, according to a close friend of the family who spoke to the New York Times.
He passed away on Saturday evening.
President Trump announced the death a short time later, sharing an emotional post on Twitter.
‘It is with 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.’
Robert, who had no children, was the youngest of the five Trump siblings.
Back in June, Robert had filed a lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump, seeking to block her from publishing a tell-all book on the president.
Mary is the daughter of the brothers’ eldest sibling, Fred Trump Jr, who struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981 at the age of 43.
Robert filed for an injunction claiming the explosive book, ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man’, violated the terms of a confidentiality agreement she signed nearly two decades ago.
In a statement to The New York Times in June, he accused his niece of attempting to ‘sensationalize and mischaracterize’ their family relationship for her own financial gain.
‘I and the rest of my entire family are so proud of my wonderful brother, the president, and feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace,’ Robert said.
The explosive memoir was eventually released last month after a judge agreed to lift a temporary restraining order preventing Mary from publicizing or distributing her work.
The judge said the confidentiality clauses in the 2001 agreement, ‘viewed in the context of the current Trump family circumstances in 2020, would offend public policy as a prior restraint on protected speech’.
The younger Trump had openly voiced his support for his brother over the years.
In an interview with Page Six ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Robert said he supported his brother’s campaign ‘1,000 per cent’.’
He was later seen celebrating Donald’s victory at the New York Hilton where the then president-elect delivered his acceptance speech.