During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the White House Press Secretary commented on the Roy Moore scandal. Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed President Trump’s position on the matter.
Sanders said the president believes the voters of Alabama should decide Roy Moore’s fate. However, she also added that the president finds the allegations against the candidate “very troubling.”
The president is not asking Moore to drop out of the race over the allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. Sanders explained that the president “firmly believes” Moore should step aside if the allegations are true, but that he isn’t asking him to resign regardless.
When asked if the president believes the credibility of the women can be established—how the president would be convinced that the allegations are true—Sanders said that decision should be up to the people of Alabama.
President Trump differs in opinion from other Republican leaders. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have both called on Moore to step aside.
Sanders says Trump “thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be.” She declined to say whether Trump continues to back Moore.
However, AP reports that Sanders said Trump supported the Republican National Committee’s decision to withdraw its resources from the race.
Moore remains in a battle with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. On Thursday, he accused McConnell of trying “to steal this election” by calling for him to step down.
Moore remained defiant in the news conference. He said he would continue in the race, and he once again called for McConnell to step down.
In related news, Moore isn't the only politician recently accused of sexual assault. Democratic Senator Al Franken is also in hot water.