At the New York Times, via Memeorandum, "Melania Trump's Speechwriter Takes Responsibility for Lifted Remarks."
Melania Trump’s speechwriter took responsibility for lifting phrases from Michelle Obama: "This was my mistake." https://t.co/76Ii9Cwjjr— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 20, 2016
And at USA Today, "Trump aide takes responsibility for Melania speech":
A Trump aide has taken responsibility for Melania Trump’s speech, saying she offered to resign but Trump rejected it https://t.co/ZSRrQp5rk6— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 20, 2016
Meredith McIver, an in-house staff writer from the Trump Organization, releases statement on Melania speech pic.twitter.com/mWuPKmjsbn— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 20, 2016
CLEVELAND — A Trump aide has taken responsibility for the controversy over Melania Trump’s speech, saying she offered to resign but Trump rejected it.
In a statement released by the Trump campaign, in-house staff writer (and ghostwriter of multiple books authored by Donald Trump) Meredith McIver said it “was my mistake.”
It took two days for the Trump campaign to even acknowledge that parts of the speech were the same as first lady Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech. As recently as Wednesday morning, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was denying the overlap in an interview on CNN.
But the press around the speech and the campaign's denial of the obvious overlap in wording was proving to be a significant distraction for the Trump campaign — although just before McIver's statement, the Republican presidential nominee tweeted that "all press is good press!"