Donald Trump accused of plagiarizing Barack Obama's tribute to Kobe Bryant

Donald Trump accused of plagiarizing Barack Obama's tribute to Kobe Bryant

Donald Trump has been accused of plagiarizing Barack Obama's tribute to Kobe Bryant.

Obama tweeted his tribute, writing: "Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day."

Then, around an hour or two later, President Trump wrote: "Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating. Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all!"

Following the tributes which were made to the legendary basketball player, people on Twitter quickly pointed out the similarities between Obama and Trump's writing.

One Twitter user pointed out the similarities, writing: "Trump's tweet about Kobe is remarkably similar to Obama's."

A second wrote: "dude all you did was rewrite Obama's tweet. jealous much."

Kobe and Gianna Bryant lost their lives on Sunday in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of seven other people. There were no survivors and an investigation has now been launched into the incident, as per CNN.

Donald Trump and Barack Obama. Credit: PA Images

As per the BBC, NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement about the 41-year-old's death: "The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

"For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary.

"But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability.

"He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna."