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Melania Trump's speechwriter comes forward to apologize

Posted: 12:47 PM, Jul 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-20 13:27:00-04

An in-house writer with the Trump campaign has come forward about writing Melania Trump's address at the Republican National Convention Monday night, which bore striking similarities to a Michelle Obama speech.

The staffer, who identified herself in a statement as Meredith McIver, said she handed in her resignation Tuesday but the Trump family rejected it.

Meredith McIlver is staff writer who penned Melania's oft-criticized speech. In a statement released earlier today she said: 

"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. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. 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."