Robert Trump, President Trump’s younger brother, who served as a top executive at the Trump Organization, has died. He was 72.
Robert’s death on Saturday comes a day after he was hospitalized in New York Friday. In June, he spent more than a week in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Hospital.
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,”
the president said in a statement.
“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,”
he went on.
“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, who took blood thinners, had experienced brain bleeds that began after a recent fall, according to a close friend of the family’s.
The White House did not give a cause of death leading some to speculate that Trump’s younger brother died of Coronavirus. However, this has not been confirmed.
Born in 1948, Robert was the youngest of Fred and Mary Trump’s five children — behind Maryanne, Fred Jr., Elizabeth and Donald.
He followed in Donald’s footsteps in working for the family’s real estate business the Trump Organization, holding senior positions including executive vice president in the 1980s.
Robert also oversaw the Trump Organization’s casino operations in Atlantic City at one point.
But unlike his celebrity brother, Robert managed to largely stay out of the public eye.
He made headlines, however, with his divorce from Blaine Trump, the philanthropist who filed for the split in 2008 amid revelations that he was cheating on her with his Trump Organization secretary, Ann Marie Pallan.
The former couple of 25 years, who did not have any children, were unable to reach an amicable divorce settlement — forcing them to hash it out in court.
Robert was known for supporting local charities, including serving as a trustee of the nonprofit Angels of Light and a horse-rescue group, the magazine reported.
He also regularly donated to Republican candidates and state committees, according to Federal Election Commission records.
During his brother’s 2016 campaign, Robert sang the future president’s praises.
“I support Donald one thousand percent,” Robert told Page Six. “I think he’s doing a great job. I think he’s got a great message.”
He said he hadn’t been asked to join his brother on the campaign trail but would.
“If he were to need me in any way, I’d be there,” said Robert, who described himself as “gainfully retired.”
“Anything I could do to help.”
Last month, Robert issued a defense of his brother — and their late father — against allegations in niece Mary Trump’s tell-all memoir that the president despised “weakness.”
He told The New York Times that he knew “how selfless my father was and Donald is, much more so than anyone would ever realize.”
Robert had joined the president’s fight against the release of Mary’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” arguing that its publication would violate a 2001 nondisclosure agreement barring her from speaking publicly about family members.
Mary is the daughter of Robert and Donald’s late brother, Fred Jr., who died of alcoholism in 1981 at age 43.
Robert is also survived by his sisters, Maryanne Trump Barry, who is retired as a senior judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Elizabeth Trump, a retired Chase Manhattan Bank executive.
Source: NY Post