Donald Trump has visited his brother Robert in hospital where he is said to be seriously ill.
The president, 74, said his sibling was ‘having a tough time’ shortly before he arrived wearing a mask at New York-Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan on Friday.
The White House has not said why Robert Trump, 72, was admitted to hospital, but officials have confirmed he is very sick.
Speaking as he left the area, Donald Trump said: ‘I have a wonderful brother. We’ve had a great relationship for a long time, from day one.
‘He’s in the hospital right now, and hopefully he’ll be all right. But he’s having a hard time.’
The billionaire’s visit came ahead of his trip to his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Robert, who is one of the president’s four siblings, recently filed a lawsuit to try and stop the publication of their niece Mary Trump’s tell-all memoir.
The book, named Too Much And Never Enough, alleges Trump paid someone to take his high school exams, was ‘destroyed’ by his father and made suggestive comments about his niece’s body, among other accusations.
The family claimed Mary’s work was a violation of a non-disclosure agreement she signed in connection to a financial settlement.
Mary’s father Fred Trump Jr passed away at the age of 43 in 1981 after struggling with alcoholism.
Her book claims the president went to watch a film with another sibling instead of saying goodbye as he died alone in hospital.
Fred is said to have suffered emotional abuse at the hands of his father Fred Trump Sr, who reportedly once told him: ‘Donald is worth ten of you.’
Robert was a big supporter of his brother’s presidential campaign, telling the New York Post in 2016: ‘I support Donald 1,000%.’
He married his longtime girlfriend, Ann Marie Pallan, in March after divorcing first wife Blaine Trump more than a decade ago.
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