President Trump’s younger brother Robert Trump dies

President Trump’s younger brother dies at age 71, according to multiple news reports. Robert Trump, who was hospitalized in New York, died Saturday, according to reporter Steve Herman.

“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” the president said in a statement that was released late Saturday.

Robert Trump took blood thinners and had “experienced brain bleeds” after a recent fall, The New York Times reported late Saturday.

The president plans to attend his brother’s funeral, according to reporter Jennifer Jacobs.

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The president made a quick change of plans to see his brother on Friday after learning he was seriously ill, according to reporter Vivian Salama.

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NBC News first reported Robert Trump was seriously ill. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere confirmed the news to CNN.

Trump delivered remarks to the City of New York Police Benevolent Association later Friday, according to ABC.

President Trump’s younger brother was the closest sibling to him and, as recently as June, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family that unsuccessfully sought to stop publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece, Mary.

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President Trump’s best friend, Robert Trump

Both longtime businessmen, Robert and Donald had strikingly different personalities. Donald Trump once described his younger brother as “much quieter and easygoing than I am,” and “the only guy in my life whom I ever call ‘honey.’ ”

Furthermore, 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 in the Trump Organization, he was known as the nice Trump,” Gwenda Blair, a Trump family biographer, told The Associated Press. “Robert was the one people would try to get to intervene if there was a problem.”

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