Robert Trump Dead: Donald Trump’s Brother Dies at 71

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Getty Donald Trump hugs his brother Robert Trump.

Robert Trump, President Donald Trump’s younger brother, has died at age 71, the Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement.

Robert Trump passed away this evening on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Robert was in a hospital in New York, and Donald Trump visited his brother there before his passing.

“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” Donald Trump said in the 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 live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”

Here’s what you need to know:


Robert Trump Was the Most Quiet Trump & Stayed Out of the Spotlight

Robert Trump was the youngest of five children in the Trump family. He was shielded from pressure to take over the Trump family real estate business, and had a quiet personality which caused him to veer away from the public spotlight, The New York Times reported.

“You could consider him the quietest of Trumps,” said Michael D’Antonio, a Trump biographer. “He was glad to stay out of the spotlight.”

Jack O’Donnell, a former Trump Organization executive who worked closely with the Trump family, described Robert Trump as an easygoing person with a good sense of humor.

“He was dignified, he was quiet, he listened, he was good to work with,” Mr. O’Donnell said. “He had zero sense of entitlement. Robert was very comfortable being Donald Trump’s brother and not being like him.”


Robert Trump Expressed Support for the Trump Presidential Campaign in 2016

Robert Trump largely stayed out of the spotlight, but in 2016, he emerged to support his brother’s campaign for president.

“I support Donald one thousand percent,” Robert Trump told Page Six. “I think he’s doing a great job. I think he’s got a great message.”

Donald Trump described his brother as his best friend in a statement issued shortly after his passing.

“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” Donald Trump said in the 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 live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”

Franklin Graham also expressed his condolences on Twitter Saturday.

“My prayers are with @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and the family as his brother, Robert, passed away today. The President shared that Robert was not only his brother, but his best friend. I know they would appreciate your prayers as well during this time,” Graham wrote.


Robert Trump Was in a New York Hospital & Had Been Sick for Several Months

Robert Trump, Donald Trump’s youngest brother, had been sick for several months and had been in and out of the hospital. Donald Trump visited his brother in the hospital shortly before his passing. He was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, CNN reported.

Details of Robert Trump’s illness and his cause of death have not been released. Robert Trump was previously hospitalized in June with an undisclosed serious condition.

In a White House briefing Friday, Trump declined to provide reporters with the details about his brother’s sickness.

“I have a wonderful brother. We have a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now,” Trump said when he asked about his brother at the press briefing.

“Hopefully he’ll be alright, but he’s – he’s pretty – he’s having a hard time,” Trump added.

Later Friday as he headed to see his brother Trump told reporters: “He’s having a tough time.”

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