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 president is expected to travel on Marine One to New York City on Friday afternoon.
"He's having a hard time," the president told reporters Friday.
Robert Trump, seen in November 2016 with his brother, Donald Trump, then the president-elect, in New York City. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, File)
The president’s brother reportedly was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for more than a week earlier this summer.
Robert Trump, right, with Donald Trump and sister Maryanne Trump Barry in Atlantic City, N.J., in April 1990. (Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images, File)
Robert Trump last month filed a lawsuit seeking to block publication of their niece Mary Trump’s tell-all book, titled “Too Much and Never Enough.”
Robert Trump, at the time, said he was “deeply disappointed” in his niece’s decision to write the memoir and that he and the “entire family” were “so proud of my wonderful brother, the president.”
Fox News' Kristina Biddle contributed to this report.