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Robert Trump hugs President Trump after his brother delivered his acceptance speech in New York City in November 2016. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Trump, has died, per a White House statement Saturday night. He was 71.

What he's saying: Trump said in the statement, "He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again."

The big picture: The White House confirmed on Friday that Robert Trump had been hospitalized in New York with an unspecified illness and that the president planned to visit him. The Trump Organization executive's cause of death was not disclosed.

  • The president said at a briefing that day that he hoped his brother would be all right, noting: "He's having a hard time."
  • Robert Trump was previously in an intensive care unit for over a week in June.

Of note: Robert Trump generally stayed away from the spotlight. However, he filed a lawsuit against Mary Trump, his and President Trump's niece, in an attempt to stop the publication of her tell-all book. But the memoir went on sale last month.

  • Jack O'Donnell, a former Trump Organization executive, told the New York Times: "He was dignified, he was quiet, he listened, he was good to work with. He had zero sense of entitlement."

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Robert Trump is Mary Trump's uncle, not father.

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Trump skips Southeast Asia summit for third year in a row

Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Trump on Saturday missed a summit with Southeast Asian leaders for the third consecutive year, having last attended the event in 2017, AP reports.

Why it matters: China is poised to expand its influence in the Southeast Asian region through a significant trade deal, including nations such as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The U.S. will not be included and India pulled out of the deal.

Trump campaign abandons Arizona lawsuit

President Trump at a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona in October. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty

President Trump's campaign said in court Friday that a lawsuit contesting the presidential vote count in Maricopa County, Ariz., was moot, per The Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: It's yet another tacit acknowledgment from the campaign that its attempt to flip states from President-elect Biden to Trump utilizing legal methods is unlikely to be effective.

John Kelly: Trump's delay in transitioning "hurts our national security"

John Kelly with President Trump in the White House in January 2017.

President Trump's delay in transitioning "hurts out national security," John Kelly, Trump's former chief of staff, told Politico on Friday.

Why it matters: Trump has not publicly conceded to Joe Biden, and General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy — a Trump political appointee — has not signed documents declaring Biden the apparent winner, preventing his agency review teams from having access to the information they need in order to get to work.