Melania Trump was the main speaker at the Republican National Convention Monday
Parts of Melania Trump's speech bear similarities to a similar speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign doesn’t plan to fire anybody or to take disciplinary action over the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama, CNN learned Tuesday.
Trump’s campaign hopes to simply move on without further addressing questions about the speech.
Aides to the presumptive Republican nominee are scrambling to move past the imbroglio after a passage in Melania Trump’s speech Monday night, which headlined the Republican National Convention’s opening night, closely mirrored a portion of Michelle Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
It’s set off infighting and finger-pointing within Trump’s campaign, and two sources told CNN that Donald Trump himself is furious about it.
Trump’s aides chalked the controversy up to media bias and blamed Hillary Clinton’s campaign – even though the apparent plagiarism was discovered by an independent journalist and had gone viral before Clinton’s allies and Democrats even weighed in.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day,” campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied the allegations of plagiarism.
“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” Manafort said.
Manafort said the words Melania used were not “cribbed” but are common words.