Trump staffer fesses up: I took from Michelle Obama speech

  • Trump staffer fesses up: I took from Michelle Obama speech

Trump staffer fesses up: I took from Michelle Obama speech

Before we get into the Trump campaign's new explanation for Melania Trump's convention speech plagiarizing Michelle Obama, let's quickly review the remarkable series of defenses that preceded today's unexpected announcement.

McIver says she offered her resignation but it was rejected, Donald Trump calling this an innocent mistake.

She wrote that she is an in-house speechwriter at the Trump Organization.

McIver said she helped Trump's wife write the speech delivered Monday night on the first day of the convention in Cleveland.

"We discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people", McIver said.

"My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters", said Obama, eight years earlier.

She added that Mrs. Trump had liked Michelle Obama and that Mrs. Trump had read passages from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech over the phone.

McIver said she wrote the passages down and "later included some of the phrasing in the draft that became ultimately the final speech".

Mrs Trump, the third wife of Republican candidate Donald Trump, faced accusations that parts of her speech had plagiarised Michelle Obama. The profile says she trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English.

The Republican National Committee also boosted the Trump campaign's defense, with its communications director Sean Spicer slapping down plagiarism charges by pointing to similar words and themes in everything from John Legend songs to "My Little Pony". Mrs. Trump's address was otherwise distinct from the speech that Mrs. Obama gave when her husband was being nominated for president.

"This was my mistake and I feel awful for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama", she wrote. "I meant no harm".

She apologized for "the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused". I personally admire the way Mr. Trump has handled this situation and I am grateful for his understanding.

The passages in question came near the beginning of Mrs. Trump's almost 15-minute speech.

"From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond; that you do what you say", Trump said Monday.