President Trump would be campaigning for Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore if he did not believe the allegations levied against him were credible, a White House aide said Sunday.
“Obviously, George, if he did not believe that the women’s accusations were credible, he would be down campaigning for Roy Moore. He has not done that,” White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”
Unlike some Republican lawmakers, Trump has not condemned Moore in the wake of allegations that the Senate candidate made unwanted sexual advances toward teenage girls in the past.
But Short also noted that the White House has concerns about the timing of the accusations, which come weeks before the Alabama special election and is a point that the Moore campaign has used to argue the allegations are politically motivated.
“So we are concerned about several aspects of the story. We’re very concerned about the allegations,” Short added.
Stephanopoulos pressed Short about the president’s view. Short punted repeated questions about the White House’s position, saying the people of Alabama will ultimately make the decision.
“I think that the right decision will be what the people of Alabama decide,” Short said.
Moore has remained defiant amid allegations of sexual misconduct, insisting he will not exit the Senate race despite losing multiple endorsements from his potential future colleagues in the upper chamber.
The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have both cut fundraising ties with Moore’s campaign.
Moore has denied the allegation that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was in his 30s.
The Washington Post in its first story on the allegations also included accounts of women who said Moore made advances toward them decades ago, when they were between 16 and 18 years old.
Moore admitted in an interview after the first story was published that he may have dated teenage girls at that point in his life, but that he did not “remember anything like that.”
Multiple women have since come forward accusing Moore of sexual misconduct, including one who said the former Alabama judge assaulted her when she was 16, an allegation Moore’s campaign has sought to discredit.
Moore is the Republican nominee in the Dec. 12 special election, when he will face off against Democrat Doug Jones for the seat currently held by Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State ‘certificate of need’ laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R).
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