Melania Trump's Speechwriter Comes Forward to Apologize

The Trump family rejected Meredith McIver's resignation offer.

Staffer Meredith McIver said she submitted her resignation Tuesday but the Trump family rejected it.

“A person she [Melania] has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech,” McIver said in a statement, released this afternoon and written under Trump Organization letterhead. “This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”

McIver admitted she never crosschecked the text for duplicated lines from the first lady’s speeches.

“When he comes home, we spend time together, two of us or two of us and Barron, and — just spending home and be at home, because that’s a really quality time together,” she said, referring to their 10-year-old son.

The Trumps are returning to Cleveland from New York this afternoon before Trump accepts his party’s nomination Thursday night.

ABC News’ Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

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