By Matthew Parrish December 17, 2018 03:08:09Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States, plagiarized passages from several books published by Simon & Schuster.
In her book “Coraline: A Life,” published in 2016, Melania Trump said she had “learned from my mom that the book I’m reading today was originally written by a cousin of mine, and not a great one at that.”
She said she did not plagiarize the passages, which were originally written in English and were written to support her speech.
Simon & Schultz defended Melania Trump’s use of the passages in a statement to The Associated Press.
“While we are not aware of any actual plagiarism, we would note that Melania has acknowledged that she had learned from her mom that she used passages from ‘Coralin,’ an American book of the same name, as a source,” the statement said.
“Melania has said that she has never plagiarized any of the books mentioned in her book, and has acknowledged the fact that she borrowed the passages from other books.”
Melania Trump has said she has learned from my mother that the… (Melania) Trump has not plagiarized the passages.
The book she is reading today is an American novel, not a good one.
The first lady did not respond to a request for comment.
The Associated Americans, which publishes some of the works Melania Trump borrowed, said it was “disappointed in Melania’s plagiaristic conduct and strongly encourages Melania to address the situation head on.”
“While Melania’s claims of innocence have been well documented, we strongly urge her to address this issue head on and apologize,” the group said in a written statement.