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White House on Roy Moore: ‘The people of Alabama should decide’ his fate

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President Trump believes that the people of Alabama should decide whether to elect Roy Moore, despite mounting allegations of sexual assault and harassment of girls as young as 14 years old, the White House said.

“Look, the president believes these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their senator should be,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

The statement ended days of silence from the White House, since the allegations first arose last week while Trump was on a 12-day Asia trip. But Sanders stopped short of calling for Moore to drop out of the race, as a chorus of other Republican senators — including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — have done.

Nearly a week after The Washington Post first reported allegations against Moore, eight women have come forward with stories of inappropriate sexual advances, ranging from phone calls to sexual assault. Moore has denied the allegations, questioned the credibility of his accusers and condemned what he called a “witch hunt” by reporters.

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