Speechwriter for Melania Trump, has apologised for ”˜plagiarising‘ Michelle Obama”˜s speech. Meredith Mclver also tendered her resignation but it was rejected by the Trump Organization after she admitted a “mistake” in lifting passages from a Michelle Obama oratory for Melania to use at the Republican National Convention.
The media has heavily criticised Melania Trump for plagiarising a speech made by the outgoing First Lady in 2008, with entire phrases appearing also the same.
Meredith McIver, an in-house speech writer for the Trump Organization, has however tendered an apology in a letter personally signed by her saying she worked with Mrs Trump on the speech and apologised for the “confusion and hysteria” she has caused.
She added: “Over the phone, she [Mrs Trump] 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.”
See letter below: