Trump staff writer takes responsibility for Melania speech mess

Melania Trump and Michelle Obama make party convention speeches in file photos

Melania Trump (L), wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016 and Michelle Obama addresses the opening session of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado August 25, 2008 in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

A staff writer of the Trump Organization, has claimed responsibility for inserting passages in a speech given this week at the Republican National Convention by Trump’s wife Melania that drew accusations of plagiarism with parts resembling portions of a 2008 speech by first lady Michelle Obama.

The woman, Meredith McIver, released a statement on Wednesday apologizing for using the language, which she said Melania Trump recited to her in a phone call, without checking to see how closely it matched Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention eight years ago. McIver then wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in a draft that became Melania Trump’s speech on Monday night.

“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,” McIver said in a statement.

See portions of the controversial speech below with comparison to Michelle Obama’s speech

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