A Donald Trump campaign staffer has apologized after the US Republican presidential nominee’s wife was accused of using remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama in a speech broadcast live to millions of people.
Melania Trump’s Monday address to the Republican National Convention contained similarities to a 2008 convention speech by US President Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle.
In a written statement on Wednesday evening, Meredith McIver admitted she made a mistake by not checking Michelle Obama’s former speeches.
The statement said McIver offered to resign but the Republican presidential nominee had rejected the offer.
McIver explained that she included the parts from Michelle Obama’s speech after listening to Melania read passages from the First Lady’s 2008 speech.
“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,” she said.
“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 stated.
Donald Trump did not accept McIver’s resignation, calling her error “an innocent mistake.”
“She made a mistake … we all make mistakes,” Trump told ABC News.
In tweets, Trump said he was proud of the fact that his wife’s address “got more attention than any in the history of politics.”
Melania Trump had claimed she wrote her speech “with as little help as possible.”