President Donald Trump will be flying to New York City on Friday to visit his ailing younger brother Robert after previously hospitalized in serious condition.
The 72-year-old was admitted to the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and described as "very ill". However, further details of his illness or condition have not been released.
During a press conference at the White House on Friday, the president said his brother was "having a hard time" but did not say why he was hospitalized.
“I have a wonderful brother, we have had a great relationship for a long time. He's in the hospital right now, so hopefully he's fine. He's having a hard time, ”he told reporters before leaving for New York.
During a White House press conference on Friday, President Trump said his younger brother was "having a hard time" in the hospital
Robert Trump, pictured with his older brother Donald in 1999, was admitted to the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan in severe condition
The 72-year-old was previously hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital New York for a week in June. He is pictured at right with sister Maryanne and brother Donald in 1990
Robert was admitted to the New York Presbyterian Hospital (pictured), but details of his condition or illness are not known
A security guard was seen blocking access to a street outside of Manhattan Hospital prior to the president's visit on Friday
Trump was supposed to be traveling to his country club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend.
Robert, the youngest of the five Trump siblings, had previously been hospitalized for ten days at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in June.
He was admitted to the hospital's neuroscience intensive care unit, where he was being treated for a "serious illness," the Daily Beast reported.
Around the same time, Robert had filed a lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump to prevent her from publishing a scrapbook about the president.
Mary is the daughter of the brothers' oldest sibling, Fred Trump Jr., who struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981 at the age of 43.
Robert filed an injunction claiming that the explosive book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the Most Dangerous Man in the World" was in violation of a confidentiality agreement she signed nearly two decades ago.
In a statement to the New York Times in June, he accused his niece of attempting to "sensitize and misrepresent" her family relationship for her own financial gain.
Robert has openly expressed his support for his brother over the years. He hugs Donald after the President's acceptance speech on Election Day 2016
Robert was recently involved in a lawsuit against niece Mary Trump (left) to prevent her from publishing a comprehensive book on the president: Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the Most Dangerous Man in the World (right)
"I and the rest of my entire family are so proud of my wonderful brother the President and find Mary's actions a real shame," said Robert.
The explosive treatise was finally published last month after a judge agreed to overturn an injunction preventing Mary from publishing or distributing her work.
The judge said the confidentiality clauses in the 2001 agreement, "in the context of the current circumstances of the Trump family in 2020, would violate public order as a prior restriction on protected language."
The younger Trump has openly expressed his support for his brother over the years.
In an interview with Page 6 ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Robert said he supported his brother's "1,000 percent" campaign.
Robert is the youngest of Fred and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump's five Trump siblings. Picture left to right: Donald, Fred Jr., Robert, Maryanne and Elizabeth
In a rare but brief interview in December, Robert said his brother had & # 39; fantastic & # 39; made when asked how the president is doing during his impeachment trial
Robert was married to celebrity Blaine Trump (pictured) until their divorce in 2007. Today he lives on Long Island with his wife Anne Marie Pallan
He later celebrated Donald's victory at the New York Hilton, where the then-President-elect delivered his acceptance speech.
Robert also spoke out for his brother during a brief but infrequent interview at LAX last December when Trump was at the center of impeachment proceedings.
When asked how his older sibling is doing, he said to the cameraman, "I think he's doing fantastic," before taking the back seat of his car.
Robert also held a senior position in the family business, but unlike his brother, he has generally maintained a low public profile.
Previously, he was an executive at Trump Organization, where he managed the real estate portfolio outside of Manhattan.
He was married to celebrity Blaine Trump until their divorce in 2007 and currently serves on the board of directors of ZeniMax Media.
Robert also has two older sisters, Elizabeth Trump Grau, a retired executive at Chase Manhattan Bank, and Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal judge.
He currently lives in Long Island, where he lives with his wife, Anne Marie Pallan.
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