In a portion of the speech where Trump discussed her upbringing, she said, "From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect."
Roughly eight years earlier, Obama said, "Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values — like you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect."
Another part of Trump's speech that is similar to the first lady's came when she talked about the young people of the United States.
Trump spoke about how she wants to impart their values to their son "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."
In Obama's speech, she expressed some of the same goals for generations to come, saying, "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."
The Trump campaign released a statement early Tuesday morning addressing the controversy. It read, "Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking."
"I read once over it, but that's all, because I wrote it with [as] little help as possible,” she said in the interview, a clip of which was released in light of the comparisons.