White House: Trump believes Moore should stand down if allegations are true
DA NANG, Vietnam — President Donald Trump believes Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should step down if allegations that he pursued a sexual relationship with an underage girl and relationships with teenagers when in his 30s are true, the White House press secretary said Friday.
“Like most Americans the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life,” Sarah Sanders said, adding, “However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.”
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Sanders said Trump will keep his focus on his 12-day Asia trip. Trump arrived in Vietnam after spending several days in Japan, South Korea and China. He’ll participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which is taking place here.
Sanders’ comments come after the Washington Post published allegations that Moore, at age 32, pursued a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979. The story also includes allegations from three other women who said Moore pursued relationships with them while they were teenagers.
Moore, a Republican, has denied the allegations. Top Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have called on Moore to resign if the story is true.
Trump’s campaign for the presidency was roiled by allegations of sexual misconduct. Trump, his campaign and the White House have insisted that multiple accusers are not telling the truth.
via Politico http://politi.co/2lnbIsw
November 9, 2017 at 10:46PM