Trump Speechwriter Accepts Responsibility For Using Michelle Obama's Words

After repeatedly denying that elements of a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama were used in Melania Trump's address on the first night of the Republican National Convention, an employee of the Trump Organization took responsibility for the flap on Wednesday.

"In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people", she wrote.

McIver says Melania read her passages from some speeches by Mrs. Obama, she jotted them down, and the mistakenly ended up in the speech.

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 2008 speech in support of Barack Obama, then a USA senator campaigning for president. Nevertheless, Donald Trump now has the crown - and a final chance to summon unity from the party's restive ranks in the ritual's closing days.

Melania Trump's plagiarized RNC speech is the most-publicized speech "in the history of politics" - at least according to her businessman-turned Republican presidential nominee husband. Previously, Trump had said of the speech, "I wrote it - with a little help as possible".

"A person she has always likes is Michelle Obama", McIver continues. GOP SEEKS TO REBRAND TRUMP AS FAMILY MANNomination finally in hand, the Donald Trump campaign charged ahead Wednesday with a convention-week mission to redefine its brash celebrity leader as a serious-minded family man. It's a project proving harder than uniting skeptical Republicans behind their distaste for another brand they know well: The Clintons. Still, the controversy exposed how thin the Trump political operation is on the eve of kicking off the general election campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump, for his part, pressed forward with the strategy of attacking the media as late as an hour before the campaign statement Wednesday.

The speech required her to overcome her wariness about public speaking and the traditional role of the politician's wife, as well as her heavily accented English, to present herself to the public as her husband's partner, a poised mother and wife passionate about issues affecting women and children. "No harm was meant", McIver said. She is originally from San Jose, California.

The statement puts to rest the two-day old controversy regarding Melania Trump's speech, after much hemming-and-hawing from various Trump campaign officials.

The statement concluded with an apology for "the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused" and McIver's praise for the Trump family.