Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday, Aug. 25, 2008.
At least, that's according to an official statement from said speechwriter, Meredith McIver, who said it was her "mistake" for lifting portions of Trump's address from the 2008 convention speech Obama gave.
The Trump staffer said Mrs Trump had read out passages from Mrs Obama's convention speech in a phone conversation as they discussed people who inspired her. McIver then wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in a draft that became Melania Trump's speech on Monday night.
Mrs Trump, the third wife of Republican candidate Donald Trump, faced accusations that parts of her speech had plagiarised Michelle Obama. This was my mistake, and I feel bad for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. "I meant no harm". So why did the Trump campaign initially argue that no language had been purloined, thereby dragging this story out for several days?
McIver says she offered her resignation but it was rejected by Donald Trump.
But we do know this: the Republicans who took their cues from Paul Manafort, and spent yesterday saying Melania Trump's speech wasn't plagiarism, have now been made to look foolish by the campaign they were trying to help.
That McIver, an employee of the Trump Organization, the real estate mogul's company, played such an integral role in drafting the speech, rather than a member of the campaign or another professional speechwriter, affirms the perception that Donald Trump is running a bare-bones operation incapable of competing nationally. 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.
Donald Trump claimed the Republican nomination Tuesday after flattening the establishment with his unorthodox campaign - but his convention is also exposing the downside of his freewheeling approach.
And in a separate interview with CNN, Manafort called it "crazy" to think that Trump "would be cribbing Michelle Obama's words".
She apologized for "the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused".
"In writing her handsome speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking", Miller said in a statement.
The plagiarism revelations have dominated coverage of the RNC since Monday night, becoming a major source of embarrassment to the Trump campaign during the very week he was crowned the Republican nominee.
Most damning: Trump Jr. reportedly said the potential V.P. would be charged with foreign and domestic policy, while Trump would use his presidential prowess to focus exclusively on "Making America Great Again".