Trump offers support for Moore in Alabama Senate race despite misconduct allegations

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But he was unusually quiet when it came to the scandal enveloping Alabama Republican Roy Moore's Senate campaign, only addressing it directly a week after returning to the United States - on Tuesday afternoon - when he told reporters outside the White House he was standing by the GOP nominee.

Trump's position is a break from that of other national Republicans. "We don't need somebody who's soft on crime like Jones".

Trump additionally failed to rule out the possibility that he might campaign for Moore.

Several women say Moore sought romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and two accused him of sexual assault or molestation.

He continued, "But Donald Trump didn't seem to see a problem of being on the side of neo-Nazis and now he apparently doesn't see a problem with being on the side of the accused child predator".

Trump, McConnell and the NRSC backed Moore's primary opponent, appointed Sen.

He pointed out that Roy Moore "totally denies" sexual misconduct with a string of teenage girls, including a 14-year-old, when he was in his 30s.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week that "the president believes that these allegations are troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be". Moore, who initially appeared to be headed for an easy victory in a reliably Republican state, has trailed Jones in recent polls ahead of the December 12 election.

For Mr Trump, who notes that Mr Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations, the line has not yet been crossed.

"Women are very special", the president told reporters.

Asked about the wave of sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations more generally, the president said, "I think it's a very special time, because a lot of things are coming out". More women have since spoken out with allegations of their own. He was also caught on an infamous "Access Hollywood" recording bragging about sexually assaulting women. "I'll be letting you know next week", he said.

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"Well, he denies it", Trump said. While Speier did not say that he should have resigned, she did suggest that his accusers should have been treated differently.

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