President Donald's younger brother Robert Trump, a businessman known for an even keel that seemed almost incompatible with the family name, died Saturday night at the age of 71.
The youngest of the Trump siblings had stayed close to the 74-year-old president and had just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family in June, who unsuccessfully tried to stop the president's niece from publishing a scrapbook. Maria.
In a statement on Saturday night, the day after his brother's visit to the Manhattan hospital, the president said: “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;
Robert, who was taking blood thinners, had recently had a brain haemorrhage that began after a fall, according to a close family friend who spoke to the New York Times.
Robert Trump died Saturday night at the age of 71. Robert has openly expressed his support for his brother for years. He hugs Donald after the President's acceptance speech on Election Day 2016
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
Hit the trumps: Donald, Fred Jr., Elizabeth, Maryanne, and Robert pictured left to right in an old family photo. The president said in a statement on Saturday night, the day after his brother's visit to the Manhattan hospital, “He (Robert) 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;
Robert Stewart Trump was born in 1948 as the youngest of the five children of New York real estate developer Fred Trump.
The president, more than two years older than Robert, admittedly bullied his brother in his younger years, despite praising his loyalty and easygoing demeanor.
"I think it must be difficult to have me for a brother, but he never said anything about it and we are very close," wrote Donald Trump in his 1987 bestseller "The Art of the Deal".
"Robert gets along with almost everyone," he added, "which is great for me as I have to be the bad guy sometimes."
The two long-time businessmen Robert and Donald had strikingly different personalities.
Donald Trump once described his younger brother as "much calmer and more relaxed than me" and as "the only man in my life I will ever call" honey. "
Robert began his career on Wall Street in corporate finance but later joined the family business, managing real estate portfolios as a top manager in the Trump Organization.
"When he worked in the Trump organization, he was known as the nice Trump," said Gwenda Blair, a Trump family biographer. "Robert was the one people would try to intervene if there was a problem."
Donald Trump wrote in 1987 in his bestseller "The Art of the Deal": "I think it must be difficult to have me for a brother, but he never said anything about it and we are very close." Robert gets along with almost everyone, which is great for me as I have to be the bad guy sometimes. & # 39; Robert and Donald are pictured in 1999
Donald Trump once described his younger brother as "much calmer and more relaxed than me" and as "the only man in my life I will ever call" honey. " Robert is correctly pictured in 1990 with sister Maryanne and brother Donald
In the 1980s, Donald Trump hired Robert Trump to lead a casino project in Atlantic City and called him the perfect fit for the job.
However, when it cannibalized its other casinos, "it showed Robert the guilt," said Blair, author of "The Trumps: Three Generations That Made an Empire."
"When the slot machines blocked the opening weekend at the Taj Mahal, he was very specific and angry with Robert, and Robert went out and never worked for his brother again," Blair said.
People who knew him said Robert was devastated by fighting his brother, and the gap between them took years to heal, the New York Times said.
He made it up with his brother when, according to someone close to the family, Donald decided to run for president.
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
Robert is pictured above with ex-wife Blaine (in green), Donald, parents Mary and Fred, and sister Maryanne at the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City in 1990
Fred Trump and Robert Trump are pictured together at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City in 1985
Robert had stayed close to the 74-year-old president and had only filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family in June who tried unsuccessfully to have the publication of a scrapbook (right) by the president's niece, Mary (left)
Robert Trump, a graduate of Boston University, later managed the Brooklyn portion of father Fred Trump's real estate empire, which was eventually sold.
Robert Trump, once a regular bold name on Manhattan's social pages, had held back in recent years. "He wasn't a newsmaker," said Blair.
He was married to celebrity Blaine Trump for 25 years until they divorced in 2007 and served on Manhattan's Upper East Side charity.
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.
At the beginning of March 2020, he married his long-time girlfriend Ann Marie Pallan.
Despite their split, Robert reportedly had good relationships with his ex-wife, who reportedly attended Trump's inauguration in 2017.
In 2016, Robert Page Six announced that he was "employed".
Left to right: Blaine Trump, Robert Trump, Donald Trump and Ivana Trump can be seen at the Pierre Hotel New York in 1987
Robert was married to celebrity Blaine Trump (pictured together in 2005) for 25 years until they divorced in 2007. 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
Robert and Blaine were pictured together at a Halloween fundraiser, Magic Johnson, in 1993
He avoided the limelight during his older brother's presidency after retiring to the Hudson Valley. In a 2016 interview with the New York Post, he described himself as a huge supporter of the White House run.
"I support Donald a thousand percent," said Robert Trump.
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 Trump had no children, but he helped raise Christopher Hollister Trump-Retchin, the son of his first wife.
The eldest Trump sibling and Mary's father, Fred Trump Jr., struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981 at the age of 43.
Robert married his former secretary Ann Marie Pallan (center) in March. The two were rumored to have had an affair while he was married to first wife, Blaine
In June, Robert filed a lawsuit against Mary to prevent her from publishing a comprehensive book about the president.
Robert filed for 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.
"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 memoir 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".
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and businessman Robert Trump are pictured together at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in 1973
Joan Rivers and Robert Trump attend the American Ballet Theater (ABT) 65th Anniversary Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 23, 2005 in New York City
The president's surviving siblings include Elizabeth Trump Grau and Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal appeals judge.
Authors Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher described Robert Trump in Trump Revealed: The Final Biography of the 45th President as softly spoken but cerebral: "He lacked Donald's charismatic display, and he was happy to leave the bravery to his brother, however he could show flashes of Trump's temperament. & # 39;
"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."
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;
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