A writer who said she worked with Melania Trump on her Republican convention speech is taking responsibility for using passages from First Lady Michelle Obama‘s address at the 2008 Democratic convention.
In a statement released by the Trump campaign on Wednesday, Meredith McIver, described as “an in-house staff writer from the Trump Organization,” explains that Donald Trump‘s wife, in a phone call, read her “passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples” of inspiration for the would-be first lady’s own address at the RNC on Monday night.
“I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech,” McIver writes, referring to the first lady as “a person [Melania] has always liked.”
“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.”
McIver added that she offered her resignation to the Trump family but they “rejected it,” calling the incident an “innocent mistake.”
Here is the full statement:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
My name is Meredith Mciver and I’m an in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization. I am also a longtime friend and admirer of the Trump family.
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.
Yesterday, I offered my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it. Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.
I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presentation.
I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused. Today, more than ever, I am honored to work for such a great family. I personally admire the way Mr. Trump has handled this situation and I am grateful for his understanding.