Robert Trump, the president’s younger brother, dead at 71

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NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, has died after being hospitalized in New York. He was 71.

The president visited his brother at a New York City hospital Friday after White House officials said he had become seriously ill.

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The president says his brother was his “best friend” and died Saturday night. The youngest of Trump’s siblings remained close to the president.

As recently as June, Robert Trump filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Trump family that unsuccessfully sought to stop publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece.