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Melania Trump Republican chieftain defends Presidential candidate's wife speech

Priebus further said the controversy surrounding Melania was a distraction to get supporters and loyalists off the message.

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Following Melania Trump's speech at the Republican party convention, which drew charges of plagiarism, the National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus has risen in her defence.

According to a report by Bloomerang, Priebus said Melania is not to be blamed and if the whole decision were his only, he'd "probably" fire the speechwriter.

Trump's wife seeks to soften his image at raucous Republican convention play

Trump's wife seeks to soften his image at raucous Republican convention

(Reuters)

 

Speaking with journalists on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, Priebus had said, "I don't blame her. Some of these things are pretty common types of themes."

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Priebus further said the controversy surrounding Melania was a distraction to get supporters and loyalists off the message.

"The distraction gets you off message a little bit this morning, but I think we'll get back to action this afternoon," he said of Donald Trump's wife.

"We have a candidate who for whatever reason is doing well in places that we normally don't do well in, and they have some shoring up to do in other places where we have to make sure that we stay competitive. We're going to be close in the traditional battleground states," he said. "But, I think, it's also one of these things where we put a couple people in places like Connecticut where we used to do really well, but we haven't lately," he said further.

Priebus reportedly said elections are decided by "who do you like, who do you want to have a beer with, and who do you trust," areas where the convention will seek to boost Trump's standings.

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