WH Aide: Trump Would Campaign For Moore If Allegations Weren't 'Credible'

Elias Hubbard
November 19, 2017

Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have called for Moore to drop out of the race, but Trump has not.

Multiple women have accused Moore of assaulting them or pursuing sexual or romantic contact with them when they were teenagers. "I think he thinks it's best for the people of Alabama to make that decision".

Eventually, Stephanopoulos asked whether it would be the "right decision" if the people of Alabama did, in fact, elect Moore.

Other local residents told the Times that they also knew about Moore approaching teenage girls, including several that said Moore would often work out at the YMCA gym shirtless.

"My hope is that we won't get to that point, and that the voters of Alabama will not elect Roy Moore". At one point, Short said Trump would be campaigning for Moore if he didn't believe the women.

But Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she hopes Alabama voters reject Moore, who is running against Democrat Doug Jones.

This back-and-forth exchange played out a total of 15 times as Stephanopoulos tried to get Short to clarify whether Trump is backing Moore ahead of his December 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones.

Roy Moore has been accused of assaulting multiple women when they were teenagers
Roy Moore has been accused of assaulting multiple women when they were teenagers

SHORT: George, I think that the vice president as well spoke out against this when the allegations came forward, the president has expressed his concern about this. Does the president believe the women or not?

"He's said not a word; he's ducked every question", Mitchell said of the president on "Meet The Press".

"The allegations are very serious, and they should be taken very seriously", Mulvaney said on NBC's Meet the Press.

Stephanopoulos asked Short if Trump believed the accusations or not. "To think we know what's going on in parts of the country". The countdown is titled "Has Trump weighed in on Moore yet?" Al Franken for the sexual misconduct accusations leveled against the Minnesota lawmaker this week, but remained silent on Moore.

Stephanopoulos said, "I'm asking for the position of the President".

While suggesting Trump found the allegations credible, Short also questioned why they became public decades after the conduct occurred and shortly before an election.

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