Meredith McIver

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Meredith McIver
Born 1950/1951 (age 66–67)[1]
Residence New York City, New York
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Education Bachelor of English
Alma mater University of Utah (1976)
  • Writer
  • editor

Meredith McIver (born 1950/51) is a staff writer for The Trump Organization, an author, and a former ballerina.[1][2] She is credited with ghostwriting multiple books by Donald Trump and was described in 2007 as an "assistant" to him.[3][4][5]

Early life

McIver is originally from San Jose, California and moved to New York City at age 14 on a Ford Foundation Scholarship for dance. In New York, McIver trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet during the summers of 1965 and 1966, and was enrolled full-time in the advanced division courses at the School of American Ballet 1967–70.[6] She later earned an English degree at the University of Utah, graduating with honors in 1976.[6][7]

Professional dancer

In 1981, McIver appeared on Broadway in the revival of Can-Can, a production which closed after five performances.[8]

Trump affiliation

In the 2000s, McIver worked with Donald Trump as both an assistant and as a ghostwriter.[4][5] She co-authored Trump: Think Like a Billionaire (2005) and several other books, with Trump.[4][9]

2007 Trump deposition

In 2007, in a deposition in a defamation lawsuit he brought against Timothy L. O'Brien, Donald Trump named McIver as the likely author, in two books they wrote together, of overstated claims of his indebtedness in the midst of the 1990s real estate market crash, making his financial comeback appear more significant.[1][10]

Speech plagiarism controversy

In July 2016, McIver contributed to a speech for Melania Trump, which Trump read at the 2016 Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016.[11] The speech was later found to have plagiarized passages from a Michelle Obama speech.[12][13]

McIver later issued a statement explaining that Trump had shared with her a passage from Obama's 2008 convention speech as an example of her feelings. Due to a misunderstanding, McIver thought the passage expressed Trump's own thinking, so she included that passage in the speech. According to the Associated Press, "McIver took the blame but made it clear that Mrs. Trump knew the passages were from the first lady's speech."[14] The Trump family declined McIver's offer to resign over the incident.[15][16]



  1. ^ a b c Horowitz, Jason (July 20, 2016). "Behind Melania Trump's Cribbed Lines, an Ex- Ballerina Who Loved Writing". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ Fox, Emily Jane (July 20, 2016). "Is a Ballerina to Blame for Melania Trump's Plagiarized Speech?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Meredith McIver | Official Publisher Page". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Queenan, Joe (March 20, 2005). "Ghosts in the Machine". The New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Wood, Gaby (January 7, 2007). "Donald Trump: the interview". The Guardian. London. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Chan, Melissa (July 20, 2016). "Who Is Melania Trump's Speech Writer Meredith McIver?". TIME. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ Phillips, Amber (July 20, 2016). "Who is Meredith McIver, the Trump staffer who took the fall for Melania's speech?". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Dale, Michael (July 21, 2016). "Trump Speechwriter Meredith McIver Was Once a Broadway Baby". Broadway World. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ Copy, Jack (11 April 2011). "Donald Trump likes to send notes to editors, compare bestseller stacks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Deposition of Donald J. Trump" (pdf). DocumentCloud. December 19, 2007. pp. 116–125. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ Haberman, Maggie (July 19, 2016). "How Melania Trump's Speech Veered Off Course and Caused an Uproar". The New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ Dvorsky, George (July 20, 2016). "Scientific Proof That Melania Trump's Speech Was Definitely Stolen From Michelle Obama". Gizmodo. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  13. ^ Muise, Monique (July 19, 2016). "Chances that Melania Trump didn't plagiarize Michelle Obama 1 in 87 billion: expert". Global News. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  14. ^ Ohlemacher, Stephen (July 20, 2016). "Trump speechwriter apologizes for Melania Trump's speech". The Ledger. Lakeland, FL. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  15. ^ Diamond, Jeremy (July 20, 2016). "Trump aide offers resignation in Melania Trump plagiarism incident". CNN. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ "You decide: Did Melania plagiarize Michelle's '08 speech?". Fox News. July 19, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  17. ^ Shea, Jim (April 4, 2004). "Trump's powers: The Donald cashes in". Toledo Blade. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c d e Tatum, Sophie (July 21, 2016). "Who is Meredith McIver?". CNN. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know about Success, Real Estate, and Life (review)". Publishers Weekly. October 1, 2004. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
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