Trump believes Alabama voters should decide Moore's fate

President Donald Trump breaks with Republican leadership on Capitol Hill in Alabama's US Senate race, saying Alabama voters should decide his fate.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 3:02 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2017 3:04 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The White House says President Donald Trump believes the voters of Alabama should decide Roy Moore's fate and finds the allegations against the Republican Senate candidate "very troubling."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that Trump isn't calling on Moore to exit the race amid allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago with teenage girls when he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Moore denies the allegations.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have 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.

Sanders says Trump supported the Republican National Committee's decision to withdraw its resources from the race.

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