FIRST AIRED: July 20, 2016

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

We've got more news

Get our editor’s daily email summary of what’s going on in the world.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Replay Program

Politics

Trump staffer claims responsibility for copied speech

Opening sequence

Opening sequence

Politics

Trump staffer claims responsibility for copied speech

0:00
17:34
More Info

COMING UP:Trump staffer claims responsibility for copied speech

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>> My wife.>> The Trump campaign finally releasing an explanation as to how on earth this happened.>> The values.>> The values.>> Like you work hard for what you want in life.>> Like you work hard for what you want in life.>> That your word is your bond, and you do what you say and keep your promises.
00:00:13
>> That your word is your bond, and you do what you say you're going to do.>> That you treat people.>> That you treat people with respect.>> With dignity and respect.>> A statement by Meredith McIvor, a friend of and writer for the Trumps, claims she is responsible for accidentally including whole passages from Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC speech, saying Melania read her passages over the phone of the speech, which she included, but never checked Obama's 2008 speech.
00:00:38
McIver said she offered to resign, but that Trump rejected it. The candidate himself on Twitter, brushing aside scandal in the most Trump way possible, writing, quote, 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.
00:00:54
Adding that the press scrutinized her speech more closely than the FBI did on Hillary's emails. The Trump team had oscillated between excuses, claiming it wasn't plagiarism or it was, but only a little, that she wrote the speech, that she didn't write the speech, or that Hillary Clinton really orchestrated it.
00:01:09
Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, telling CNN Wednesday the plagiarism charges were quote, not meaningful at all. But many in his own party don't agree, the speech and the haphazard response raising familiar questions as to the honesty and readiness of the Trump team to lead and manage not just the scandal, but a convention, a party and a divided nation.