President Donald Trump’s brother died in a hospital in New York City.
The President released the following 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.”
Robert Trump, 72, the president’s youngest brother, was admitted to the hospital on Friday and was described as “very ill,” according to sources.
Further details were not known, but he was said to be in critical condition at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on the Upper East Side.
“I have a wonderful brother,” President Trump said at a press briefing Friday. “We’ve had a great relationship for a long time, from day one. It’s a long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now. And hopefully he’ll be alright, but he is pretty — he’s having a hard time.”
Trump visited his brother, one of his four siblings, after flying to New Jersey and then taking a helicopter into Manhattan.
“I am going to the hospital,” Trump said as he landed in New Jersey. “I hope he’s OK.”
The White House did not immediately release details about why Robert Trump had been hospitalized, but officials said that he was seriously ill.
Robert Trump reportedly spent a week in the intensive care unit at nearby Mount Sinai Hospital in June.