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Trump Defends Moore Against Sexual Assault Allegations

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Trump Defends Moore Against Sexual Assault Allegations
President Donald Trump said he believes Senate candidate Roy Moore when he denies claims that he sexually assaulted teenagers.
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President Donald Trump is defending GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he sexually assaulted teenagers while he was in his 30s.

Trump told reporters Tuesday, "I can tell you one thing for sure, we don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," referring to Moore's opponent Doug Jones. When one reporter asked if "an accused child molester is better than a Democrat," Trump replied: "[Moore] totally denies it. He says it didn't happen. And look, you have to listen to him, also. ... And I do have to say, 40 years is a long time."

That's a stark difference from his response to sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic Sen. Al Franken. Referring to a photo of Franken inappropriately touching journalist Leeann Tweeden, Trump tweeted last week: "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?"

Trump didn't go as far as explicitly endorsing Roy Moore on Tuesday. Moore has been asked to step aside by many Republican Senate leaders, while local Alabama politicians largely still support him

Trump said he'll announce whether he'll campaign for Moore next week.