Tributes pour in after the death of Donald Trump's brother who the President called 'my best friend'

Robert Trump, 71,  the younger brother of President Donald Trump, has died the White House confirmed in a statement.

Tributes have flown in from all across the world after Robert died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president wrote.

“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.”

The president had traveled to New York City on Friday to visit his sick brother at Mount Sinai hospital and stayed with him after his death, White House officials confirmed.

Numerous political figures and other people across the world sent their condolences after the news today.

“Please keep the Trump family in your prayers,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also offered his condolences. “Tonight, we are lifting up @realDonaldTrump and his entire family in prayer, as they grieve the loss of Robert Trump,” he tweeted. “May God’s Peace and Grace be upon you.”

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., also offered condolences.

“Please join me in praying for @realDonaldTrump and his family duringthis incredibly difficult time,” Collins wrote.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee shared his thoughts. “May God’s grace be a comfort,” he wrote.

Robert Trump is the president’s youngest brother and the youngest of the five Trump siblings: Maryanne Trump Barry, 83, a retired federal judge; Fred Trump Jr., who died in 1981 at the age of 43; Donald, 74, who is in the middle; Elizabeth Trump Grau, 78, a retired bank executive, and then Robert.

In recent years, Robert Trump described himself as “gainfully retired” and had always shunned the limelight.

He died just 11 days before his 72nd birthday.

 


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