Republican president-elect Donald Trump (R) hugs his brother Robert Trump after delivering his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.
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Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, has passed away, the White House said in a statement late Saturday.
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president said in the statement. “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again.”
The president was traveling to New York City on Friday to visit his ailing younger brother who was back in a hospital, the White House said earlier.
Robert Trump’s condition and the date of his most recent hospitalization was not disclosed by the White House.
— CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to this report.
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