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President Trump’s brother Robert hospitalized in New York, White House says

(CNN) — Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, is hospitalized in New York, the White House confirmed Friday.

Trump is expected to visit his brother Friday in New York, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

“Can confirm the report that the President’s brother is hospitalized,” deputy press secretary Judd Deere told CNN.

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

“I have a wonderful brother. We have a great relationship for a long time, from day one, so long time ago. And he’s in the hospital right now,” Trump said when asked what ailed his brother.

“Hopefully he’ll be alright, but he’s — he’s pretty — he’s having a hard time,” he added.

Robert Trump was previously hospitalized in the spring with a serious condition.

A senior administration official said Friday that the President “has a very good relationship with his brother and his brother is very special to him.”

The news was first reported by ABC News.

Robert Trump was a former top executive at the Trump Organization. He’s one of four other siblings to the President, including the late Fred Trump, Jr.

In June, Robert Trump filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to block the publication of an unflattering tell-all book by Mary Trump, the daughter of Fred Trump.

This story has been updated with additional details from Trump’s Friday news briefing.

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