President Donald Trump received some bad news this week when he learned his younger brother’s health took a turn for the worse.
On Friday, an announcement confirmed that he would be traveling to a hospital to visit Robert Trump, described by sources as “very ill,” according to the New York Post.
“He’s having a hard time”
Earlier this year, the younger Trump was reportedly hospitalized for about a week. While the health issues were confirmed, he has generally maintained a private lifestyle and such personal issues have been kept quiet.
The president, however, addressed his brother’s health during a recent news conference in anticipation of the press coverage expected from his planned visit to visit him later the same day.
“Hopefully he’ll be all right, but he’s having a hard time,” Trump said.
According to subsequent reports, he visited with his brother for about 45 minutes before leaving for a scheduled trip to his property in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“I have a wonderful brother,” the president said. “We’ve had a great relationship for a long time.”
“Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace”
Throughout much of the president’s first term, his brother has remained out of the public eye aside from a handful of charity functions and other events.
He did, however, attract some attention recently following the publication of a tell-all book by his niece, Mary Trump. He went so far as to take her to court in an effort to block it from being publicly released.
“Her attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship after all these years for her own financial gain is both a travesty and injustice to the memory of my late brother, Fred, and our beloved parents,” Robert Trump said at the time.
Noting that the rest of his family is “so proud” of the president, he said that relatives also “feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace.”
Robert Trump, 72, is the youngest of five Trump siblings. Fred Trump Jr. is deceased, and the president’s other living siblings are retired U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, and retired banking executive Elizabeth Trump. Regardless of political affiliation, Americans are sending well wishes to the ill presidential family member.