President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office on October 1.Drew Angerer/Getty

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Shortly after Hope Hicks, a senior aide to Donald Trump, was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19, the president announced that he and the first lady both had tested positive as well.

The president’s doctor released the following statement confirming the diagnosis and saying he expects Trump will “continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.” 

 New York‘s Olivia Nuzzi sums up the situation:

At an event earlier in the evening, Trump declared, “I just want to say that the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

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