Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on Tuesday denied allegations that Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night plagiarized a speech given by first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama says he leans on daughters to create year-end playlists An immigrant to get the job done at Homeland Security Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle MORE.


“There was no cribbing from Michelle Obama’s speech,” Manafort said on CNN’s “New Day.” “These were common words and values, that she cares about her family and things like that. She was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”

A portion of the speech Monday night resembled parts of one that the first lady delivered at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Manafort said the uproar over the speech is an example of how the country tries to “demean” women who criticize Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

“Certainly there’s no feeling on her part that she did it. What she did was use words that were common words. To think that she would do something like that, knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd.”

Manafort also predicted that no one will be fired over the uproar.

“I don’t think Donald Trump feels that there is anything to fire about,” he said on “CBS This Morning.”

This report was updated at 7:56 a.m.