White House press release (left) contains full paragraph copied verbatim from Exxon press release (right). pic.twitter.com/NlhoUvdqvd
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) March 6, 2017
Through the statement and subsequent tweets, President Trump heavily complimented Exxon, which was most recently run by Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for promoting job growth in the U.S.
A spokesman for Exxon said the company shared information about the announcement with the White House.
Plagiarism has cropped up among Trump’s team before — First Lady Melania Trump used phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech during the 2016 Republican National Convention and pundit Monica Crowley turned down a job offer in the Trump administration after being accused of plagiarizing parts of her book and Ph.D dissertation.
The White House and did not immediately respond to requests for comment.