Trump Biz Staffer Takes Responsibility For Melania Speech Plagiarism

McIver said she didn't check Obama's speeches and offered her resignation to Trump on Tuesday, which the Republican presidential candidate rejected. "No harm was meant", wrote McIver.

During her speech on Monday night, Melania repeated exact words and phrases spoken by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

PRIME TIME: Melania Trump, left, wife of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, has been accused of cribbing from a speech made by US first lady Michelle Obama.

The accusations of plagiarism cast a shadow over Republicans' attempts to mount a smooth convention in Cleveland this week and present Trump to voters as a job creator and a strong hand on national security, immigration and violent crime.

Ryan, the senior-most elected Republican in the country, barely even mentioned Trump in his speech - twice, that's all.

In case you missed it, the GOP finally introduced Melania to the public (from a political point of view) to kick off day one of the RNC. In her statement, McIver calls herself an "in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization".

Under pressure to explain what had happened and who was to blame, Trump's people offered different versions of events on Monday and Tuesday. "And certainly we've noted that the Clinton camp was the first to get it out there in trying to say that there was something untoward about the speech that Melania Trump gave".

McIver's admission comes only a day after Trump's campaign, led by campaign manager Paul Manafort, repeatedly denied that any wrongdoing took place.

But at the convention itself, many Republicans were unperturbed, with delegates and party members praising Ms Trump for her grace and poise in delivering a speech in what is thought to be her fifth language.

He told a crowd that Pence is "going to make an unbelievable vice president of the United States".

The development came after a chaotic start to the Republican gathering in Cleveland, which erupted in jeers from Trump opponents after their bid to hold a roll-call vote on convention rules was quashed.

The Secret Service is investigating a prominent Donald Trump supporter from New Hampshire who said in a radio interview that Clinton should be "shot for treason".

Pence's solid conservative credentials, however, represent a boon for Trump as he works to consolidate support among his party's right-wing doubters.

Trump won with 1,725 delegates, followed by US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas with 475 delegates, Ohio Governor John Kasich with 120 and US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 114. "They may have different personalities but they have similar visions", he told reporters on Wednesday.