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Melania Trump says she wrote convention speech with little help

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Shortly before a storm of plagiarism accusations, Melania Trump told NBC News that she crafted most of her Republican National Convention speech with little assistance from campaign staff.

“I read once over it and that’s all, because I wrote it, and with as little help as possible,” the would-be first lady,  accompanied by her husband, told NBC anchor Matt Lauer in an interview on Donald Trump’s private jet shortly before her speech Monday night.

Several lines of the speech appeared to be copied word-for-word from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention.

In a statement released overnight, Donald Trump’s senior communications advisor, Jason Miller, said that Melania Trump’s “team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking.”

Shortly after her interview was broadcast Tuesday morning on the “Today” show, Lauer asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top Trump advisor, whether he could make a case for plagiarism.

“No, not when 93% of the speech is completely different than Michelle Obama’s speech,” he said. “And they expressed some common thoughts.”

Christie said he didn’t know whether the dustup signaled anything about the Trump campaign's staff work.

“I think they’re trying to do a lot of things at one time, and I know Melania," he said. "I think she worked very hard on that speech, and a lot of what I heard last night, sitting on the floor, sounded very much like her and the way she speaks about Donald all the time.”

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