Trump defends Roy Moore: 'He totally denies it'

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"He says it didn't happen", Trump told reporters as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The president added that "we don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat".

Previously the president said it should be up to Alabama voters to decide their election between Democratic candidate Doug Jones and Moore, the Republican candidate who has been alleged to have had or pursued relationships with underage women when he was in his 30s, according to The Washington Post.

The issue puts the president in a potentially awkward position, given that the "Access Hollywood" recording almost derailed his campaign and that more than a dozen women have accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior.

The White House has said Moore should "step aside" if the allegations against him were true, although Moore has denied them.

Of the accusations, Trump says that Moore "denies it".

Trump's comments mark the first time he has publicly positioned himself on the matter and mark a stark contrast from the more than a dozen Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called on Moore to drop out of the race.




Campaign surrogates for Roy Moore, the embattled Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, defended Moore on Tuesday at a fiery press conference.

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Mr Trump said on the Access Hollywood tape. More women have since spoken out with allegations of their own.

The allegations against Mr Moore come amid a national reckoning over misdeeds by powerful men in media, business and politics.

The words of prominent Republicans are being used against Alabama's GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in a campaign ad. I mean, Roy Moore denies it. "I do have to say, 40 years is a long time".

He declined to answer questions about recent accusations lodged against Sen.

A reporter asked Trump if an "accused child molester" was better than a Democrat.

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