This week has been a heat in Trump’s company towards Melania speech given at Republican National Convention Speech
A speechwriter working for Donald Trump’s company identified herself Wednesday as the person responsible for plagiarism in Melania’s Trump convention speech and offered her resignation.
Meredith McIver apologized in a statement sent out by the campaign and said Donald and Melania Trump did not accept her resignation.
The statement comes more than 36 hours after reporters uncovered striking similarities between the two speeches –during which time the controversy cast a shadow over Trump’s nominating convention and distracted from coverage of the lineup of speakers.
McIver explained that she included the passages from Michelle Obama’s speech after listening to Melania Trump read passages from the 2008 address.
“Over the phone, she read me some passages 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. 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.”
She said the Trump family rejected her resignation, because, “Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.”
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McIver said she “asked” to put out a statement because she was concerned about how the controversy was “distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presentation.”
“I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused. Today, more than ever, I am honored to work for such a great family,” McIver said in the statement. More on CNN