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President Trump is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, the New York Times reported.

The president, who said early Friday morning that he had tested positive for the virus, has had what one person familiar with the situation described as cold-like symptoms. At a fund-raiser he attended at his golf club at Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday, where one attendee said the president came in contact with about 100 people, he seemed lethargic.

On late Friday morning, the first lady Melania Trump, said on Twitter that “I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good.” “I am looking forward to a speedy recovery,” she said in the tweet.

A person briefed on the matter said that Mr. Trump fell asleep at one point on Air Force One on the way back from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday night. A White House official said that as of Thursday night, the president’s treatment plan was still being discussed. So was a possible national address or a videotaped statement from the president to demonstrate that he was functioning and that the government is uninterrupted. The disclosure upended the presidential race instantly, inviting significant questions about his cavalier attitude toward the pandemic and the future of his campaign just 32 days before the Nov. 3 election.

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