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Trump staffer explains plagiarism in Melania’s Trump convention speech

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 12:59:17-04

NEW YORK — A Trump organization staffer identified herself as the person responsible for plagiarism in Melania’s Trump convention speech and offered her resignation Wednesday. Meredith McIver apologized in a statement sent out by the campaign and said the Trumps did not accept her resignation.

McIver explained that she included the passages from Obama’s speech after listening to Melania Trump read passages from the 2008 speech over the phone.

“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.”

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