Trump discounts accusations against Senate candidate Moore

He was leaving the White House for a Thanksgiving vacation and was asked about Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama, a man who has now been repeatedly accused of hitting on, flirting with, attempting to date and sexually assaulting teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

"Let me just tell you: Roy Moore denies it".

"I've looked at his record - it's bad on crime, it's awful on the border, it's awful on the military", Trump said of Moore's Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

At first Trump offered a standard attack on Jones as "terrible on borders, awful on the military".

But Trump says this: "Roy Moore denies it. And, by the way, he totally denies it", Trump said. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, has overtaken Moore in polls since allegations of sexual misconduct were first reported by the Washington Post two weeks ago.

Asked whether he might campaign for Moore in advance of the December 12 special election, Trump left the door open to the possibility.

"I have no reason to doubt these young women", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week in his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee.

Far from condemning Moore or telling him to get out of the race, Trump's comments amount to an all-but-endorsement of the controversial former Alabama state Supreme Court chief justice.

White House panel discussion on Trump's endorsement of Moore, MSNBC analyst John Heilemann explained that there was no "moral consistency or ethic consistency" to Trump's decision to toss his support behind Moore because all Trump "cares about is himself".

Trump said he did not want Jones to win.

They mark a moment of immorality from which the Republican Party may not return.

Trump also hit at Moore's rival Doug Jones - a 63-year- old US Attorney who is now ahead 47 per cent to 42 per cent in the polls.

"Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don't be fooled", Conway said. "Forty years is a long time", Trump said, pointing to the amount of time that has passed since the alleged behavior. He's weak on crime, weak on borders. That if Moore says he didn't do these things, then he must not have. He's strong on raising your taxes. "The women are Trump voters". And I think it's very, very good for women.

  • Tracy Klein