After Donald Trump made a dramatic entrance to introduce his wife, Melania, the 46-year-old former model gave a speech in which parts were taken word-for-word from Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Jason Miller, senior communications adviser to the Trump campaign sent a statement to reporters early Wednesday morning.
Melania Trump is facing accusations of plagiarism after it emerged several lines in her Republican national convention speech appear to have been copied from Michelle Obama.
"You work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond that you do what you say you're gonna do..."
Journalist Jarrett Hill was among the first to notice that comments on her upbringing and values bore a striking similarity to segments of a speech delivered by Mrs Obama at the Democratic convention in 2008. Show the values and morals in in the daily life.
Melania defended in her speech that those lessons need to be passed on to the children "because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them", a sentence nearly identical to what Michelle Obama said back then. "Because we want our children-and all children in this nation-to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them".
On Tuesday, Republicans will officially nominate Trump for president and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for vice president.
"I doubt Melania meant to plagiarise FLOTUS, but her speechwriter has some explaining to do", he added.
Melania Trump never earned a university degree in architecture ― she dropped out of college after her freshman year, according to her biographers. "He's tough when he has to be, but he's also kind and fair and caring".
"His kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see. He's ready to fight every day to give our children the better future they deserve".
The statement didn't mention Mrs. Obama. Yet that full-throated call will come just as Trump is working to expand his appeal to Democrats and Clinton supporters who by and large want to see new gun laws in the wake of mass shootings like the recent one in Orlando, Florida.
With millions watching on TV at home, Melania Trump delivered a defense of her husband and his bid to be the next president of the United States before thousands of cheering convention delegates.
She has top billing for the first prime-time session and will make the case for her husband's policies and personality. There is John Kasich tweeting things like "The greatness of America is in us, when we come together, lift one another, with our eyes on the horizon".
Earlier in the day, party divisions were exposed when delegates opposing Trump demanded a roll call vote to approve convention rules. And I only say sabotage because it's so clear cut that the person who did this did this on goal.
"I blame Hillary Clinton", she said. "March for Economic Justice", march in protest during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. "We're going to win, we're going to win so big", he said. Many people here feel that the Trump rebellion was overdue; a great many others wonder if they can live with it. As you may have read, in the afternoon, a serious squabble broke out on the convention floor over a last-minute attempt to alter the rules to unbind the convention delegates.
Making a surprise cameo appearance at the gathering in Cleveland to introduce his wife, the bombastic tycoon showed confidence that belied the day's spasm of public division. Watch for the most die-hard anti-Trump delegates to cause a ruckus, and expect plenty of corny references to a state's famous foods or prized natural wonders. "Republicans don't listen to their own people", said Gail Brown, who had driven to Cleveland from upstate NY with her husband, Paul.