Priebus: I'd 'probably' fire Melania Trump speechwriter
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday he'd "probably" fire the author of the speech Melania Trump gave Monday night at the party's national convention.

Reports emerged late Monday night that a passage in Trump's speech included many words and phrases similar to the speech Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE delivered at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.


Priebus said "it certainly seems reasonable to me" that someone would be fired over the speech, according to The Washington Post.

“Certainly, I don’t blame her for any of that,” Priebus said of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE’s wife. 

The RNC chairman said he doesn't "have a view yet" about whether the speech constituted plagiarism.

"But I may later this morning," he said.

He said he hasn't yet seen a video comparing Melania Trump's speech with Michelle Obama's.

Trump's speech in Cleveland on Monday night included some exact phrasing Obama used in her 2008 address. Trump said in an interview with NBC that she wrote the speech "with as little help as possible."