(WJBK) - 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."