Melania Trump's speech: Very similar to Michelle Obama's

Melania Trump's speech: Very similar to Michelle Obama's

Melania Trump's speech: Very similar to Michelle Obama's

Melania Trump earned praise for her speech on Monday at the opening night of the Republican National Convention, but her remarks nearly immediately came under scrutiny when striking similarities were discovered between her speech and one delivered by Michelle Obama at the Democratic convention in 2008.

A spokesman for the Trump campaign called the speech a success, but suggested her writers may have mistakenly injected some borrowed language. The statement didn't mention Mrs. Obama.

Donald's campaign later issued a statement about Melania's speech saying, "In her attractive speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments of that reflected her own thinking". Expect to see someone fired off the team soon, and an effort to direct attention to the other Trumps who will be speaking over the next few days.

A wide range of speakers, including a county sheriff, a decorated combat veteran and a former model, told stories of military service, urban crime and the dangers of illegal immigration.

It was a rough start to the four-day buildup to Trump's presidential nomination, one designed for maximum media exposure for the Republican standard bearer and his supporters.

That left Trump with an eclectic array of validators, among them Willie Robertson, star of "Duck Dynasty", who took the stage with an American flag bandanna wrapped around his head.

On Monday night, she said becoming a USA citizen, in 2006, was "the greatest privilege on planet earth". Melania presented Trump as softer and gentler than the man known by the public. Emerging from shadows, he declared, "We're going to win, we're going to win so big".

The former-beauty queen's speech was delivered at a convention which would determine the Republican party's candidate for the United State's presidency.

Members of the "Never Trump" group alleged that they were bullied by the party leadership.

The businessman has cast aside decades of Republican orthodoxy in his unexpected political rise, creating a crisis within the GOP about its future.

Fourteen insurgent members of the convention rules committee late Sunday emailed their fellow GOP delegates asking them to oppose the rules approved by the panel, saying its proposals included "abuses of power".

When Giuliani was done, the convention hall dimmed and spotlights roved over the delegates in the sports arena and Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl belted out from the loudspeakers. Donald Trump must hope that Day 2 hews a little closer to the script. Despite persistent party divisions, his campaign is confident Republicans will come together behind their shared disdain for Clinton.

The Benghazi attacks were a key theme of the convention's opening night, which focused on national security. He said "we can't be too civil when we have a situation like Hillary Clinton", but predicted the convention will still be "very, very civil".

"There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech", Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, said Tuesday morning in a CNN interview.

"Hillary Clinton can not be trusted".

Born Melanija Knavs in Slovenia - then part of Yugoslavia - to a fashion-industry mother and a car-salesman father, she studied design and architecture before leaving for Milan and Paris to launch her modelling career. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

Trump has been vague about how he would put the nation on a different course, offering virtually no details of his policy prescriptions despite repeated vows to be tough.

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