Robert Trump: President Donald Trump’s brother dies at 71 | American News

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Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert Trump died Saturday night at the age of 71 after being hospitalized in New York, the president said in a statement.The president visited his brother in hospital on Friday after White House officials said Robert was gravely ill. Officials did not immediately disclose a cause of death.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, passed away peacefully this evening,” Donald Trump said in a statement. “He wasn’t just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be sadly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace. ”

The youngest of Trump’s siblings had remained close to the 74-year-old president and, as recently as June, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family who unsuccessfully sought to prevent the publication of a revealing book from the president’s niece, Marie.

Robert Trump was reportedly hospitalized in the intensive care unit for several days that same month.

Longtime businessmen Robert and Donald had remarkably different personalities. Donald Trump once described his younger brother as “much calmer and more laid back than me” and “the only guy in my life I call” honey “.

Robert Trump started his career on Wall Street working in corporate finance, but then joined the family business, managing real estate as a senior executive in the Trump organization.







Robert and Blaine Trump at the Annual Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 2005. Photograph: Desiree Navarro / Getty Images

“When he worked in the Trump organization, he was known as the nice Trump,” Trump family biographer Gwenda Blair told The Associated Press. “Robert was the one people tried to step in when there was a problem.”

Robert Stewart Trump was born in 1948, the youngest of five children to New York real estate developer Fred Trump.

The president, over two years older than Robert, admittedly intimidated his brother in their younger years, even as he praised his loyalty and laid back demeanor.

“I think it must be hard to have me as a brother, but he never said anything about it and we are very close,” Donald Trump wrote in his 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal.

“Robert gets along with almost everyone,” he added, “which is great for me because I have to be the bad guy sometimes.”

In the 1980s, Donald Trump hired Robert to oversee an Atlantic City casino project, calling him perfect for the job. When he cannibalized his other casinos, however, “he pointed the blame on Robert,” said Blair, author of The Trumps: Three Generations that Built an Empire.

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