Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP 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 ObamaMichelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees 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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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.