A speechwriter for Melania Trump accepted the blame for grabbing lines from a Michelle Obama speech given in 2008.  The writer said she made a “mistake.”  She also offered her resignation, but Donald Trump rejected the resignation.

In a written apology put out by the Donald Trump campaign, Meredith McIver said she worked with Melania Trump on her speech.   McIver said she wrote down passages from the first lady’s speech during planning discussions, after Melania Trump mentioned them as the kind of message she wanted to share.

“I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech,” she said. “I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. 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.”