Amid accusations of plagiarism in a speech by Donald Trump's wife Melania at the Republican convention, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he'll leave it to the media to learn how the speech was written. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House is steering clear of the controversy surrounding Melania Trump's speech at the Republican convention amid accusations of plagiarism. White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to comment on Trump's speech, only saying that when first lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic convention in 2008, "she received an enthusiastic reception and strong reviews." Earnest went on to say he'll leave it to the media to learn how the speech was written. Melania Trump's address to the convention in Cleveland on Monday night contained a section that was strikingly similar to words delivered at the Democratic convention in 2008 by the woman she hopes to succeed as first lady, Michelle Obama. As critics accused her of lifting passages from that speech, a Trump campaign official suggested the similarity was the result of an error by Melania Trump's speech writers. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he would probably fire the writer if that were the case. The controversy raised questions about the Trump campaign's attention to detail as he squares off against the larger, more organized operation of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and seeks to win the job of president on Nov. 8.