Donald Trump Jr. Says Apology to Michelle Obama Not Necessary for Speech Likenesses
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CLEVELAND, OH (ABC) -- In an interview today with "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir, Donald Trump Jr. said first lady Michelle Obama was not owed an apology for similarities between her 2008 Democratic National Convention speech and the one that Melania Trump delivered Monday night.
"I don't know that Michelle Obama ... or whoever is involved in this ... I don't think so," Donald Jr. said. "I don't think this is something of that magnitude. I mean, I think, I understand from a media perspective trying to create a much bigger story out of something than it is but I really don't think so. ... I don't at all."
On Monday night, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Melania Trump sparked accusations of plagiarism when she gave a speech that many said sounded very much like Michelle Obama's speech eight years ago.
This morning, the Trump campaign said in a statement addressing the controversy: "Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking."
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, today also denied the allegations Melania Trump had lifted the speech from the first lady's, calling such an act "crazy."
When asked today by Muir whether someone in the campaign should be fired, Donald Jr., who is expected to speak tonight at the convention, said: "I don't know if it has anything to do with people in campaigns. I mean, again, obviously a speech of that size and magnitude, you're going to work with speechwriters. I don't know that they should be, you know, involved going forward but it has nothing to do with a poll or, you know, the other nonsense that I'm hearing around there for people trying to be relevant."
And he said that while he was sure his father was "not thrilled" with the allegations surrounding Melania Trump, "We're going to move on."