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Trump on Barbara and George W. Bush 73-Year Marriage: ‘I’ll Never Beat that Record’

Jason Le Miere

President Donald Trump saluted Barbara Bush during remarks alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday, going off script to state that he would never beat the length of her marriage to former President George H.W. Bush.

“Melania and I send our prayers to Barbara’s husband of 73 years,” he said in tribute to the former first lady who died at the age of 92 Tuesday, before adding “I’ll never beat that record.”

Trump is currently on his third marriage, having wed current wife Melania in 2005. The current first lady announced Wednesday that she planned to attend Bush’s funeral in Houston on Saturday. Is not yet known whether the president will attend.

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"For decades Barbara was a titan in American life,” Trump added of Bush. “Her strength and toughness really embodied the spirit of our country, and her warmth and devotion earned the admiration of an entire nation and indeed the entire world.”

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe as they arrive for dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on April 17, 2018. Trump said Wednesday he would never beat the length of marriage of Barbara and George H.W. Bush. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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