Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, took centre stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention but faced accusations that a portion of her speech plagiarised Michelle Obama.
Commentators noticed similarities with Mrs. Obama’s 2008 convention speech.
Mrs. Trump’s speech also praised her husband as a “compassionate” man who would “fight for the country”.
But Mr. Trump’s team said Mrs. Trump used “common words” and blamed Hillary Clinton for the row.
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech,” said Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager.
It was her first speech of the campaign and she had the help of a speechwriting team.
Earlier, Mr. Trump’s communications adviser Jason Miller issued a statement saying: “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking.
“Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”
Meanwhile Mr. Trump himself described her speech as “absolutely incredible”.
The Slovenian-born former model had used the speech to portray her husband as a tough but compassionate unifying force.
“He’s tough when he has to be but he’s also kind and fair and caring,” Mrs. Trump said.
“The kindness is not always noted, but it’s there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with.”
Mrs. Trump has kept a lower profile compared with other spouses of major candidates. The Trumps’ adult children have often been more prominent.
It seemed to go so well for Melania Trump – she had delegates on their feet at the start and cheering wildly in approval by the end. -BBC