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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch pallbearers carry the casket of Trump's younger brother on August 21. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

A funeral procession for Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, was held Friday afternoon at the White House.

Details: The hymn "Abide With Me" was played on bagpipes for the procession, per pool reporters. The president's younger brother died last Saturday night, at 71, after being hospitalized in New York with an unspecified illness.

  • The president was expected to cover the costs of the event, per the New York Times.

What he's saying: "He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again," President Trump said in a statement on Saturday.

History lesson: The last funeral service held at the White House was for President John F. Kennedy, ABC News reports.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Photo: Chip Somondevilla/Getty Images

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Newly rediscovered ancient sarcophagi are displayed in Saqqara, Egypt. Photo: Fadel Dawood/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

Archaeologists in Egypt unveiled Saturday some 40 gilded statues and at least 100 ancient coffins dating back over 2,500 years — and some contain mummies.

The big picture: The find in a vast pharaonic necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo, follows 59 intact sarcophagi uncovered at the site in September and October. Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany told a briefing, "Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents," per Al Jazeera. "Excavations are still under way."

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The big picture: President Donald Trump's military and civil space policies are well-documented, but Biden's record and views on space are less clear.

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