Suspected Democratic candidate Joe Biden expressed condolences to President Trump following the death of his younger brother Robert yesterday at the age of 71.
The former vice president said in a tweet that he and his wife Jill were "sad" to learn of Robert Trump's death, whose death was announced by the president on Saturday night.
& # 39; Lord. President, Jill and I are saddened to hear your younger brother Robert die. I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one – and I know how important family is in moments like this, ”Biden wrote. "I hope you know that our prayers are with you all."
Joe Biden's first wife, Neilia, and their 13-month-old daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972 after a truck hauled their Chevrolet station wagon a few days before Christmas. 43 years later, his son Joseph Beau Biden, who survived the crash, tragically died of brain cancer.
Biden's runner-up Kamala Harris sent with him on Sunday her "deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Trump family at this difficult time".
"Losing a loved one is never easy, but you know we think of you," added the US Senator.
The former vice president said in a tweet that he and his wife Jill were "sad" to learn of Robert Trump's death, whose death was emotionally announced by the president on Saturday night.
Robert Trump's death was announced by the president in an emotional statement on Monday calling his younger sibling his "best friend".
WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE BIDEN'S FIRST WIFE, DAUGHTER AND SON?
In 1972, just a month after winning his first Senate race, Biden received a phone call informing him that his wife and college friend Neilia and their 13-month-old daughter Naomi were killed in a car accident on their way to buy a race Christmas tree in Hockessin, Delaware.
Neilia's station wagon was hit by an articulated truck as it pulled out of an intersection.
Biden's sons, Beau and Hunter, survived the accident and were rushed to hospital; Beau with a broken leg and other wounds, and Hunter with a small fractured skull and other head injuries.
Biden considered stepping down from his newly elected office to take care of his son's full-time employment, but then Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield did not convince him.
Both boys made a full recovery from the accident, but 43 years later the tragedy would recur.
On May 30, 2015, the former Vice President's eldest son, Beau, who became Attorney General of Delaware, died at the age of 46 after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
Joe Biden selected then-President Barack Obama to deliver his laudatory speech. During the emotional speech, Obama said, "He's done in 46 years what most of us 146 couldn't. He left nothing in the tank."
Robert Trump's death came just a day after the president visited him in the New York hospital.
In an emotional statement, President Trump wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that I share that my wonderful brother Robert passed away peacefully tonight.
“He wasn't just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be missed very much, but we will meet again. His memory will live forever in my heart. Robert i love you Rest in peace. & # 39;
According to a close family friend who spoke to the New York Times, Robert, who reportedly took blood thinners, had recently suffered from brain haemorrhage caused by a fall.
According to the source, Robert has not been able to call in the past few weeks.
Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, was one of the first to pay tribute to Robert.
"Robert Trump has a big heart," he tweeted. As a former mayor, I know how much he did to help needy New Yorkers.
& # 39; We lost a really good man. My love, prayers and condolences to the #Trump family. & # 39;
Eric Trump then tweeted fond memories of his uncle, describing him as "an incredible man" who was "strong, kind and true to the core".
Ivanka Trump followed on Saturday night with a tribute on Twitter and said: “Uncle Robert, we love you. You are always in our hearts and prayers. & # 39;
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Sunday morning, “Uncle Rob, we love you and we will miss you. REST IN PEACE. & # 39;
Robert Trump had no children, but he helped raise Christopher Hollister Trump-Retchin, the son of his first wife, Blaine Trump.
In addition to the president, his second wife Ann Marie Pallan and sisters Maryanne Trump Barry and Elizabeth Trump Grau survive.
His brother Fred Trump Jr. died in 1981.
Robert is pictured on the right with sister Maryanne and brother Donald in 1990
Donald Trump Jr. paid his respects to his uncle, who tweeted on Sunday morning: Uncle Rob, we love you and we will miss you. REST IN PEACE & # 39;
Ivanka Trump tweeted on Saturday night: “Uncle Robert, we love you. You are always in our hearts and prayers. & # 39;
Giuliani, the president's lawyer, was one of the first to offer condolences to the family, saying Robert had a big heart.
Donald Trump's youngest adult child, Eric, then tweeted a tribute to his uncle, saying he was "an incredible man".
Robert's death came a day after the president visited him at the New York City hospital where he was allegedly suffering from a serious illness.
Trump was scheduled to travel to his country club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend, but first made a stop in Manhattan to check in with his sibling.
The president left the helipad after arriving from New Jersey.
Prior to the President's visit in the early afternoon, hospital security guards were seen blocking access to a street outside the medical center.
Trump was wearing a protective face mask when he arrived at New York's Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Lennox Hill late Friday afternoon.
Robert was hospitalized and described as "very sick", but details of his illness have not yet been officially confirmed.
During a press conference at the White House after visiting his brother's bedside, the president said his brother was "having a hard time" but did not explain why he had been hospitalized.
Robert, the youngest of the five Trump siblings, was previously hospitalized for 10 days at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in June.
He was admitted to the neuroscience intensive care unit where he was being treated for a "serious illness," the Daily Beast reported.
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
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.
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
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.
"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, "viewed 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 had 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.
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 airport last December when Trump was at the center of impeachment proceedings.
When asked how his older sibling was doing, he said to the cameraman, "I think he's doing fantastic," before getting into 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.
In 2016, Robert announced to Page Six that he was "employed".
Robert was married to celebrity Blaine Trump (pictured) for 25 years until they divorced in 2007. He lived on Long Island with his wife Ann Marie Pallan until his death
Left to right: Blaine Trump, Robert Trump, Donald Trump and Ivana Trump can be seen at the Pierre Hotel New York in 1987
He was married to celebrity Blaine Trump for 25 years, until they divorced in 2007 and served on the board of ZeniMax Media until his death.
The couple's breakup was widely covered in the tabloids after it was reported that Robert had been living with his lover – and now his wife – for two years.
Before his death, he lived in Long Island, where he lived with his former secretary Ann Marie Pallan, whom he reportedly married in March.
Despite their split, Robert reportedly had good relationships with his ex-wife, who reportedly attended Trump's inauguration in 2017.
Robert also has two older sisters.
Elizabeth Trump Gray, 78, is a retired executive with Chase Manhattan Bank, and Maryanne Trump Barry, 83, is a retired federal judge.
As the youngest of the five Trump siblings, Robert was protected from the pressures put on the oldest, Fred Jr. and then Donald.
He was never prepared to take over the family's real estate business and was viewed by those who knew him as the opposite of the audacious, self-promoting brother who eventually did.
After graduating from Boston University, he first worked on Wall Street instead of immediately joining the family business.
Eventually he worked for his brother as an executive at the Trump Organization.
"You could consider him the quietest of Trumps," said Michael D & # 39; Antonio, a Trump biographer.
"He was happy not to be in the limelight."
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. It can be seen above in December 2019
Jack O & # 39; Donnell, a former Trump Organization executive who worked closely with the Trump family, told the New York Times that Robert was someone with a natural ease and good humor that his older brother lacked.
"He was dignified, he was calm, he listened, he was good to work with," said O & # 39; Donnell.
& # 39; He had no sense of entitlement. Robert felt very comfortable being Donald Trump's brother and not being like him. & # 39;
The couple wasn't always close.
In 1990, a year after Trump blamed Robert for opening the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Trump furiously attacked Robert over problems with the slot machines.
People who knew him said Robert was devastated by fighting Trump and the rift between them took years to heal, the New York Times said.
He reconciled with his brother when Trump decided to run for president, according to a family member.
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