Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump came under heavy criticism on the first day of the Republican National Convention after parts of her speech beared similarities to Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address.

Melania Trump spoke on 19 July (NZT) at the Republican National Convention in Ohio.

Speaking to the nation for the first time on Monday night, a number of phrases from Melania’s speech were subject to scrutiny as she touched on issues of hard work and family values.

Here is a comparison of part of her address with that of Michelle Obama in 2008:

“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

Michelle Obama in 2008:

“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them onto the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

This comes after Melania earlier on Monday told NBC news that she had written the speech by herself with ‘little help’ from her speech writing team.

“I wrote it with as little help as possible.”

Donald Trump’s campaign manager however trashed claims of plagiarism in Melania’s address terming them as “just absurd”.

 “To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,”Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN.