- Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention backfired when people noticed how similar it was to one given by Michelle Obama.
- Her former friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, writes in a new book that Trump was not embarrassed by the scandal.
- However, Wolkoff says that Trump was suspicious that someone knew the speech was plagiarized and let her give it anyway to make her look bad.
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After Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a Michelle Obama speech for her address at the 2016 Republican National Convention, the future first lady wasn't embarrassed, according to her former friend and advisor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
On Tuesday, Wolkoff published "Melania and Me," a memoir of her friendship with the first lady and brief stint working for the Trump Administration.
Wolkoff said that she offered to refer her friend to someone who could help draft the RNC speech, but was turned down.
When it later was revealed that several passages appeared to be lifted from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, Melania wasn't embarrassed but suspicious, Wolkoff said.
"She was suspicious that the plagiarism had been left in on purpose. Someone in Trump World didn't want Melania to shine.
"We talked about who that might be. Who stood to gain by making Melania look bad? Our conversations were guarded, and she kept it light, as always.
"But it seemed to her, and to me, that the plagiarized speech was like drawing first blood between rivals. Or was it a warning that Melania should stay in the background?" Wolkoff wrote in her book.
Meredith McIver, a staff writer for the Trump Organization, took the blame for scandal, saying she inadvertently copied part of Obama's speech after Melania referenced the speech in question as inspiration for what she was looking for in an RNC address.
McIver offered to resign over the scandal, but Donald Trump refused to let her quit.
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