Trump finally responds to Roy Moore allegations: "He totally denies it"

The Washington sex-scandal that’s being overlooked

Representatives for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore held a freaky, fiery press conference Tuesday afternoon, in which they sought to discredit allegations against Moore and raged against his political opponents, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic opponent Doug Jones, and the "fake news people" in the media.

"I can tell you one thing for sure".

"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat", Trump said as he departed for a five-day holiday in Florida.

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

The White House earlier said that the president believed that "the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their senator should be", but added that "if the allegations are true", Trump felt Moore should step aside. "He denies it. By the way, he totally denies it", Trump said.

Trump told reporters he would announce next week whether he plans on going to Alabama to campaign for Moore.

Moore - who has been accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl and pursuing dates with other teenage girls when he was in his 30s - has refused to drop out of the December 12 Alabama Senate race for Jeff Sessions's old seat.

"Women are very special", Trump said.

"I'll be letting you know next week", he said, when asked whether he will campaign with Moore.

President Trump, who has faced more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct himself, dismissed questions from reporters about him backing a man accused of sexual assault over a man who is a Democrat.

"So vote Roy Moore?" co-host Brian Kilmeade asked.

"I want y'all to talk about it Sunday night after church, and I want y'all to think in your brain - Judge Moore that we've known for 25 years. And I'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out and I'm very happy, I'm very happy it's being exposed". White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has said the administration's position is that all of Trump's accusers are lying.

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