Just hours before her address at the Republican National Convention was found to have been plagiarized from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech, Melania Trump told NBC News that she wrote the speech with 'little' assistance.
In an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer, the wife of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said she was excited to take the stage and didn't need to practice what she was going to say.
"I read once over it and that's all because I wrote it, with (as) little help ... as possible," she said.
Transcripts of first lady Michelle Obama's speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Colorado showed that Mrs. Trump made some deviations, but other sentences were lifted verbatim.
She didn't offer NBC a sneak-preview of what she was going to say.
"I will tell it in the speech ... he's an amazing guy and he really wants to bring America to the next level."
A statement on the Trump campaign website called the speech "a success."
"In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success."
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