Report: Melania Trump Worked With A Trump Ghostwriter For Her Speech

July 19, 2016 10:55 p.m.

The plot continues to thicken.

We’ve known from reports throughout the day Tuesday that well-known GOP speechwriters were initially called upon to write Melania Trump’s convention speech. But the speech underwent significant changes from their original drafts, including the addition of the controversial portions that were lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address.

Now we may know who else helped Melania Trump.

The New York Times reported Tuesday evening that Melania Trump worked with a ghostwriter who had previously written for her husband. Meredith McIver helped Melania Trump edit her speech, though it was unclear how much she worked on it. The newspaper reported that she was a former ballet dancer and English major who is based in New York City. She reportedly worked on Donald Trump’s book, “Think Like a Billionaire.” McIver didn’t return Times’ request for comment.

The Times reported that Matthew Scully, a prominent conservative speech writer, had provided Melania Trump with a speech draft. But, NBC News later confirmed that the Obama passages appeared in later versions of the speech and were not included in Scully’s.

The Times reported that the professional speechwriters the Trump team had hired, Scully and John McConnell, were unaware of how different Melania Trump’s speech was until she spoke at the convention.

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