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Joe Biden offers condolences to Donald Trump after his brother Robert Trump's death

August 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 1999 file photo, Robert Trump, left, joins real estate developer and presidential hopeful Donald Trump at an event in New York. A tell-all book by President Donald Trump's niece cannot be published until a judge decides the merits of claims by the president's brother, her uncle Robert Trump, that its publication would violate a pact among family members, a judge said Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Diane Bonadreff, File)

Former Vice President Joe Biden offered condolences Sunday morning to Donald Trump after the President's younger brother Robert Trump died at age 71.

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden offered condolences Sunday morning to Donald Trump after the President's younger brother Robert Trump died at age 71.

"Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert's passing," Biden said on Twitter.

Robert Trump died Saturday at a New York hospital, Donald Trump announced in a statement.

"It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight.

Robert, I love you.

In response to Biden's tweet, his Democratic running mate, the presumptive vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, also expressed her condolences and "prayers" to the Trump family.

"Doug and I join the Biden family in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Trump family during this difficult time.

Donald Trump is expected to attend his brother's funeral.

Additionally, a source familiar said the President personally dictated the White House statement on his brother.

The President called his brother's hospital room late on Saturday as it seemed his death was near, two people familiar with the matter told CNN.

It's not clear whether they connected or whether Robert Trump's condition allowed him to speak by phone with the President.

Donald Trump made a last minute decision to go to New York Friday to visit his brother as he headed to New Jersey for the weekend.

Robert Trump had been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

Details of Robert Trump's illness have not been released.

During a White House briefing on Friday, Trump declined to provide reporters with details on his brother's illness.

And he's in the hospital right now," Trump said Friday when asked about his brother.

Later Friday as he headed to see his brother Trump told reporters: "He's having a tough time. "

The younger Trump was previously hospitalized in June with an undisclosed serious condition CNN has previously reported.

Robert Trump had served as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

Robert Trump was born in 1948 and was one of four siblings to the President, including the late Fred Trump, Jr. He was a former top executive at the Trump Organization.

Before his death, Robert Trump resided in Millbrook, New York, in the Hudson Valley.

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