A small section of Melania Trump's roughly 15-minute speech, a highlight of the opening day of the convention in Cleveland, was similar to Michelle Obama's speech in support of US President Barack Obama, then a US senator campaigning for president.
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McIver said that as she set out to write Melania Trump's speech, the would-be first lady read her some passages from Michelle Obama's speech to her over the phone.
McIver went on to write that Melania read some of some passages from Obama's speech as a template for what she could say.
"This was my mistake, and I feel awful for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama", McIver said. "No harm was meant", McIver said in a statement. This was my mistake, and I feel bad for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. 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.
The Trump campaign has denied accusations of plagiarism, saying the similarities were coincidence.
I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump's historic campaign for president and Melania's attractive message and presentation.
The passages in question came near the beginning of Mrs. Trump's almost 15-minute speech. Today, more than ever, I am honored to work for such a great family.
There were overlaps in two passages. The second passage dealt with conveying to children that there is no limit to what they can achieve.
Michelle Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer, has high approval ratings across the country and in Melania's home city has been embraced in NY fashion circles for her sense of style and elegance.
McIver was described in the statement as an "in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization".