Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Stands by Defense of Melania Trump Over 'Speechgate'

Paul Manafort downplayed similarities between her speech and Michelle Obama's.

“We’re talking about 50 words out of fourteen hundred,” Manafort said. “They’re part of the speech but the speech itself talks about her immigrant status, her love of country, her love of husband. These are her stories, these are her messages.”

“As far as we’re concerned, the speech is Melania’s speech,” he said on “GMA” this morning. “What she communicates to the American people Monday night is a genuine message from her heart. And as far as we’re concerned, that’s the end of it.”