Trump speechwriter apologizes for Melania Trump's speech

An in-house writer at the Trump Organization released a statement moments ago saying it was her fault Melania Trump's RNC speech Monday contained passages cribbed from Michelle Obama's 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention. But why did Trump then force McIver to issue a statement under her own name and take the fall for the whole kerfuffle instead of issuing the apology himself?

A woman named Meredith McIver is taking the blame for the portion of the Melania Trump speech lifted from Michelle Obama's speech. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama's speech as examples. This was my mistake, and I feel bad for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. "No harm was meant". Melania later rejected large parts of the speech and asked McIver to help re-write it.

The plagiarism controversy has raised persistent questions about Trump's campaign operation and distracted anew from his attempts to reshape his image. A person she has always liked in Michelle Obama.

Next they're gonna say she improvised the entire thing...

McIver, co-author of some of Donald Trump's books, said she offered to resign but the Republican nominee for president refused to accept her resignation. McIver was described in the statement as an "in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization".

Late last night, the NY Times published a look at what allegedly happened with Melania Trump's speech: Republican speechwriters Matthew Scully and John McConnell, who wrote George W. Bush's 9/11 speech, were hired by Ivanka Trump's husband Jared Kushner to write the speech.

Donald Trump claimed the Republican nomination Tuesday after flattening the establishment with his unorthodox campaign - but his convention is also exposing the downside of his freewheeling approach.

In the next dramatic twist, Trump's recently fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Manafort, his former rival on the Trump campaign, should take responsibility for the controversy, noting that Manafort was brought on to have oversight of every aspect of the convention.

"I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused".

Democrats said the Monday night affair and the Trump campaign's various explanations over the next 48 hours showed his team was not ready for prime time, all the more embarrassing because Trump has accused the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of being untrustworthy.

Most damning: Trump Jr. reportedly said the potential V.P. would be charged with foreign and domestic policy, while Trump would use his presidential prowess to focus exclusively on "Making America Great Again".