White House defends Trump's Moore endorsement

President Donald Trump put politics abov...

Posted: Dec 6, 2017 10:27 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2017 10:28 AM

President Donald Trump put politics above allegations of sexual misconduct in his decision to endorse Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.

"The President's position hasn't changed. He still finds those concerning," Sanders said of the allegations. "But as we've also said, the President feels that he would rather have a person that supports his agenda versus somebody who opposes his agenda every step of the way."

Trump lent his full backing to the Alabama Republican despite the sexual allegations Moore faces

"We need (Moore's) vote," Trump tweeted

Sanders' explanation came a day after Trump officially lent his full backing to the Alabama Republican and echoed Trump's own explanation for his endorsement of Moore that came just a week before the special election is set to take place.

"We need (Moore's) vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more," Trump tweeted.

Moore has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, sexually assaulting a 16-year-old and pursuing relationships with teenage girls, all when he was in his 30s. Moore has denied all the allegations.

The endorsement was the culmination of several weeks during which the President moved from expressing guarded concern over the allegations to fully endorsing Moore after first emphasizing Moore's emphatic denials of the allegations.

Trump's position on Moore went against the grain of most prominent Republicans in Washington, including Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, who initially called on Moore to drop out.

But Sanders insisted Tuesday that despite his endorsement, Trump still stands by his initial statement: that Moore should "step aside" if the allegations are true.

"But we don't have a way to validate that. And that's something for the people of Alabama to decide," she added.

Trump's belief that the allegations are "concerning" and "troubling," as Sanders once again said Tuesday, has only been expressed through Sanders. In his own public comments on the matter, Trump has instead chosen to emphasize Moore's denials and the damage he believes Moore's opponent would do if he is elected.

The latest explanation of Trump's endorsement on Tuesday came hours before the President's former chief strategist Steve Bannon is set to campaign with Moore in Alabama.

Trump is also slated to hold a political rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday, where news coverage extends into Alabama. The Trump campaign has also advertised the rally with Trump supporters in Alabama.

Terre Haute
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 82°
Robinson
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 81°
Indianapolis
Few Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 80°
Rockville
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 76°
Casey
Few Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 81°
Brazil
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 82°
Marshall
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 82°
Sunshine for the afternoon but storms tonight
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 152899

Reported Deaths: 7345
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook946054693
Lake10253428
DuPage9571483
Kane8028281
Will7171324
Winnebago3161104
McHenry2229101
St. Clair2202144
Kankakee140165
Unassigned1175201
Rock Island114230
Madison113370
Kendall103223
Champaign101817
Boone63021
Peoria62830
DeKalb61920
Sangamon50933
Jackson34719
McLean30815
Randolph2997
Ogle2864
Stephenson2826
LaSalle24617
Clinton24517
Macon24322
Whiteside20815
Union20219
Coles19017
Grundy1885
Iroquois1725
Tazewell1678
Knox1570
Adams1511
Monroe15013
Warren1470
Williamson1454
Cass1378
Morgan1323
Jefferson11517
Henry1061
Lee1052
McDonough10415
Vermilion862
Pulaski810
Marion770
Montgomery691
Macoupin663
Perry611
Douglas550
Livingston542
Jo Daviess521
Christian494
Jasper477
Woodford442
Ford421
Franklin400
Jersey401
Clark360
Bureau352
Menard310
Cumberland300
Mercer280
Effingham271
Washington250
Johnson240
Mason240
Fayette233
Wabash230
Alexander220
Carroll212
Piatt210
Hancock201
Moultrie200
Shelby201
Bond191
Crawford190
Logan180
Edgar170
De Witt160
Fulton160
Saline160
Wayne161
Massac150
Schuyler130
Marshall120
Brown100
Lawrence90
White90
Greene80
Henderson80
Richland80
Hamilton70
Stark70
Pike60
Gallatin50
Edwards30
Clay20
Hardin20
Out of IL20
Calhoun10
Pope10
Putnam10
Scott10

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 50300

Reported Deaths: 2748
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11920692
Lake5432248
Elkhart347058
Allen2902133
St. Joseph205169
Hamilton1665101
Cass16449
Hendricks1446100
Johnson1325118
Porter80238
Tippecanoe7599
Clark68144
Vanderburgh6816
Madison67264
LaPorte60527
Howard59458
Bartholomew59345
Kosciusko5704
Marshall5308
Noble50128
LaGrange4829
Jackson4783
Boone47444
Delaware46952
Hancock46036
Shelby43525
Floyd40444
Morgan33631
Monroe32928
Grant30926
Dubois2976
Henry29717
Montgomery29720
Clinton2893
White26810
Decatur25532
Dearborn25423
Lawrence25225
Vigo2478
Warrick24329
Harrison21722
Greene19332
Miami1922
Jennings17912
Putnam1728
DeKalb1674
Scott1639
Wayne1536
Daviess15017
Perry1459
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1332
Franklin1278
Ripley1277
Wabash1152
Carroll1132
Gibson1132
Fayette1057
Whitley1045
Newton10010
Starke983
Huntington932
Randolph794
Wells791
Jefferson782
Fulton731
Jay680
Washington681
Knox670
Clay665
Pulaski661
Rush613
Posey550
Owen521
Benton510
Spencer501
Adams491
Sullivan471
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Tipton321
Switzerland300
Martin240
Parke230
Ohio220
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193