Robert Trump the younger brother of President Donald Trump, died Saturday at a New York hospital.
Trump announced in a statement.
“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,”
Trump made a last minute decision to go to New York Friday to visit his brother as he headed to New Jersey for the weekend .Robert Trump had been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
He had been sick for several months. During a White House briefing on Friday, Trump declined to provide reporters with details on his brother’s illness.
“I have a wonderful brother. We have a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now.
Hopefully he’ll be alright, but he’s — he’s pretty — he’s having a hard time.”
The younger Trump was previously hospitalized in June with an undisclosed serious condition.
Robert Trump had served as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Part of his duties including overseeing the organization’s Atlantic City casinos.
He’s one of four siblings to the President, including the late Fred Trump, Jr.
In June, Robert filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to block the publication of an unflattering tell-all book by Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump Jr.
Details of Robert Trump’s illness have not been released.
Should we be more or less sad for his brother’s death than the 170,000 American who have died because of Trump’s indifference to coronavirus…? As Trump said himself when asked about the thousands who have died,
“It is what it is.”
Robert Trump was 72.
BREAKING: President Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, has died.— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 16, 2020
“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” President Trump says. “He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again.” https://t.co/kdrUxkkyai pic.twitter.com/QMBpytT0oD
#Update: How Trump spent the rest of the day of his brother’s death…
Had the distinct honor to play golf today with @POTUS and be his partner!— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) August 15, 2020
Truly enjoyed talking about our families, politics and his earnest desires for our great country.
he’s still got game. pic.twitter.com/h25q446Stb