The President confirmed that his younger brother died after being taken to the hospital in New York.
Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, died at the age of 71 on Saturday night after being hospitalized in New York, the president said in a statement.
Trump met his brother in hospital on Friday after White House officials became seriously ill with Robert. Authorities did not immediately release the cause of death.
“It is with my heart that my wonderful brother, Robert, passed away peacefully tonight,” Donald Trump said in a statement. “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will be forever in my heart. Robert, I Love You. rest in peace.”
The youngest of the Trump siblings remained close to the 74-year-old president, and recently, as of June, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Trump family in which the publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece An unsuccessful attempt was made to stop, Mary.
Robert Trump was reportedly kept in the intensive care unit for several days that same month. According to the New York Times, he had diluted blood and had recently had a brain hemorrhage.
Both longtime businessmen, Robert and Donald, created distinct personalities. Donald Trump once called his younger brother “much calmer and more comfortable than me” and “was the only boy of my life I’d ever called ‘honey'”.
Robert Trump began his career on Wall Street working in corporate finance but later joined the family business, managing real estate holdings as a top executive in the Trump Organization.
“When he worked at the Trump Organization, he was called Good Trump,” said Trump family biographer Gwenda Blair. “If there was a problem, Robert would try to intervene.”
Robert Trump was born in 1948, the youngest of five children of New York City real estate developer Fred Trump.
“I have a wonderful brother,” the president met him at the hospital on the same day, during a press conference at the White House on Friday. “We had a great relationship from day one for a long time,” he said.
But their relationship can be turbulent. The president, more than two years older than Robert, admitted to bullying his brother in his younger years, even admiring his loyalty and decency.
Donald Trump wrote in his 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal, “I think it must be hard for me to do this for my brother, but he never said anything about it and we are very close.”
“Robert gets along with almost everyone,” he said, “which is great for me because I have to be a bad guy sometimes.”
In the 1980s Donald Trump taped Robert to oversee an Atlantic City casino project, perfecting him for the job. When he cannibalized his other casinos, though, “he pointed the finger of blame at Robert”, Blair, author of The Trump, said: Three Generations created an empire.
“When the slot machines jammed the opening weekend at the Taj Mahal, they specifically and Robert were condemned and Robert went out and never worked for his brother again,” Blair said.
A Boston University graduate, Robert later managed the Brooklyn portion of Father Fred Trump’s real estate empire, which was eventually sold.
Following a regular boldface name in Manhattan’s social pages, Robert had kept a lower profile in recent years. “He was not a newsmaker,” Blair said.
For more than a decade, before divorcing his first wife, Blaine Trump, Robert Trump was active on Manhattan’s Upper East Side charity circuit.
He avoided headlines during his elder brother’s presidency and retired to the Hudson Valley. Robert and Donald reportedly reconciled when Robert described himself as a big supporter of the White Post, which ran in an interview with the 2016 New York Post.
Robert Trump said, “I support Donald one thousand percent.”
In early March of 2020, he married his longtime girlfriend, Ann Marie Palan.
The eldest Trump brother and Mary’s father, Fred Trump Jr., struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981 at the age of 43. The president’s surviving siblings include Elizabeth Trump Gru and Maryan Trump Ry, a retired federal appeals judge.
Writers Michael Cranisch and Mark Fisher called Robert Trump soft-spoken but revealed cerebral in Trump: the definitive biography of the 45th president: “He lacked the charismatic appearance of Donald, and he was happy to leave his brother Bravo, But he could show the brilliance of Trump