Trump speechwriter takes blame for Melania Trump ‘plagiarism’

From The Washington Post:

In a statement, Meredith McIver said she was an “in-house staff writer” who had worked with Melania Trump on the speech. McIver took responsibility for including the passages from the first lady’s speech — though she said she had not revisited the earlier speech herself, only listened as Trump read parts of it that she liked to McIver over the phone.

McIver said she had offered her resignation to Donald Trump and his family on Tuesday, but they declined to accept it. “Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences,” she said.

“I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused,” McIver said.

McIver was the co-author on several of Donald Trump’s works, mainly his books offering business advice. On one book she co-wrote, “Trump: Think like a Billionaire,” Trump attriutes his success — like that of “Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, and Ted Turner” — to an “unrelenting focus [on] achieving their dreams, even if it’s sometimes at the expense of those around them.”

Shortly before McIver’s statement was distributed by the campaign, Trump himself addressed the controversy on Twitter, though he did not weigh into allegations that his wife had borrowed language from the first lady’s speech to the Democratic National Convention eight years ago.

“Good news is Melania’s speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!” he wrote in one message. And he attempted to shift blame onto his rival, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The statement, and Trump’s cheeky messages, capped a dizzying, more than day-long attempt by his campaign to explain — but primarily dismiss — evidence that Melania Trump’s speech …

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