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Former US President George H.W. Bush 'breathing unaided'

Bush is 92-years-old making him the nation's oldest living ex-president. Credit: AP

George H.W. Bush is now breathing on his own after a breathing tube was removed on Friday, according to a family spokesman.

The former US President has spent nearly a week at a Houston hospital where he is being treated for pneumonia.

Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, watched the inauguration of President Donald Trump from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

The spokesman added that she is being treated for bronchitis and is expected to remain in the hospital over the weekend as a precaution.

Former President George Bush Snr: Trump 'in our prayers'

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Former President, George Bush Senior, has offered his congratulations to Donald Trump.

Mr Bush, who did not endorse Mr Trump as the Republican Party nominee, said the president-elect and his family were in his "prayers".

Mr Bush tweeted: "Barbara and I congratulate @realDonaldTrump, wish him well as he guides America forward as our next President. His family is in our prayers."

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George HW Bush pays tribute to 'dear friend' King Abdullah

Former US president George HW Bush has said he is "deeply saddened" to learn of the death of King Abdullah, who he describes as a "dear friend and partner".

In a statement, he said: "As President, I found His Majesty always to be a wise and reliable ally, helping out nations build on a strategic relationship and enduring friendship".

George Bush Snr 'doing well' in hospital

Former President Bush has been in hospital since Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

Former US President George Bush Snr remains hospitalised near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week but is "doing well", his spokesman said.

Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said yesterday that the 41st president's prognosis was positive and that he remained hospitalised as a precaution.

The former Republican president suffers from Parkinson's disease and cannot use his legs, but he celebrated his 90th birthday in June by skydiving with a US Army parachute team.

George Bush Snr under observation as a 'precaution'

George Bush Snr with his wife Barbara in 2005. Credit: PA

George Bush Snr is being kept under observation as a "precaution" after struggling to breathe, his spokesman Jim McGrath said.

The 90-year-old was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday evening.

It is the same hospital where he spent nearly two months in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W. Bush.

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