White House Promises 'Uplifting' Melania Trump RNC Speech 4 Years After Plagiarism Controversy



Speechwriter Meredith McIver explained then that Mrs. Trump, in a phone call, read “passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples” of inspiration for her own address. “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,” McIver said at the time.

She continued: "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."

Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz, who helped write for Obama's 2008 DNC speech, told PEOPLE last year that her first reaction upon hearing Mrs. Trump's speech was. “Oh. God.”

“Making that kind of mistake is every speechwriter’s worst nightmare,” Hurwitz said then.

President Trump is expected to accept the Republican Party's re-nomination on Thursday before a fireworks display near the Washington Monument.

The first lady's spokeswoman did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Tuesday.

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