Trump’s heartfelt statement over younger’s death

Trump’s heartfelt statement over younger’s death


Published: 17:08 16 August 2020   Updated: 17:19 16 August 2020

President Donald Trump and his brother Robert Trump. Photo: Collected

President Donald Trump and his brother Robert Trump. Photo: Collected

US President Donald Trump has expressed deepest grief in his heartfelt statement over the death of his younger Robert Trump, terming him as Best Friend.

“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” the president said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again,” President Trump said in a statement yesterday.

"It is with a heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight," the president wrote. He will be greatly missed, the President said, “But we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace."

The president had traveled to New York on Friday to visit his ailing brother. A senior administration official had said the president “has a very good relationship with his brother and his brother is very special to him.”

Robert, who died just 11 days before what would have been his 72nd birthday, had reportedly spent more than a week in the intensive care unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City earlier this summer.

Donald Trump with sister Maryanne Trump Barry and brother Robert Trump attend the Trump Taj Mahal opening April 1990 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Robert Trump had pulled back from the public view in recent years and described himself as “gainfully retired” living in Millbrook, N.Y. But Robert had come back into the spotlight recently, as he repeatedly tried to block publication of his niece Mary Trump’s new book, “Too Much and Never Enough.”

He requested a restraining order to stop the book from being published, saying its publication would be a violation of the will she signed of the family patriarch Fred Trump Sr.

Robert Trump didn’t court the limelight the way his brother did, but his high-profile divorce in 2008 from his wife of 25 years, socialite Blaine Trump, broke headlines. Robert Trump was said to be having an affair with his secretary, with whom he later lived, Ann Marie Pallan. Robert and Blaine remained on good terms, with Blaine even attending President Trump’s inauguration in 2017.