Melania Trump's speechwriter admits mistake, offered resignation

- Melania Trump's speechwriter has apologized and admitted a mistake in the aftermath of Melania's speech earlier this week at the Republican National Convention. Many have accused Melania of plagiarizing from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Staff writer Meredith McIver says she has also offered her resignation but it was refused by the Trump family.

She released a statement, saying she did "not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump's historic campaign for president and Melania's beautiful message and presentation."

In her statement, McIver says Melania told her during a brainstorming session about people that inspire her, one of which included Michelle Obama, and that Melania shared some passes from Mrs. Obama's speech as examples.

"I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech," McIver says in her statement. "I did not check Mrs. Obama's speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant."

You can read McIver's full statement on Donald Trump's website here. She adds that she is "honored to work for such a great family."

Melania is a legal immigrant from the old Yugoslavia, speaks five languages, is an accomplished model and is known for her generous charity work but some say her message was lost in the speech.
 
The passages in question came near the beginning of Mrs. Trump's nearly 15-minute speech.
 
In one example, Mrs. Trump said: "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 and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect."
 
Eight years ago, Mrs. Obama said: "And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect."
 
There were similar overlaps in a passage dealing with conveying to children that there is no limit to what they can achieve. Mrs. Trump's address was otherwise distinct from the speech that Mrs. Obama gave when her husband was being nominated for president.
 
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort called the criticism "just absurd" and said the issue had been "totally blown out of proportion."
 
"There were a few words on it, but they're not words that were unique words," he told The Associated Press. "Ninety-nine percent of that speech talked about her being an immigrant and love of country and love of family and everything else."
 
Manafort also tried to blame Hillary Clinton, saying on CNN: "This is, once again, an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down."
 
The White House declined to wade into the controversy on Tuesday.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report 
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