President Donald Trump expects Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, who previously received public backing from the president, to exit his race if allegations he pursued sexual activity with underage girls prove to be true.
While speaking to reporters in Vietnam, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that while Trump thought that outcome could be appropriate, he didn't want a “mere allegation” to “destroy” Moore's life.
“Like most Americans, the president believes that we cannot allow a mere allegation — in this case, one from many years ago — to destroy a person's life,” she said Friday.
Sanders didn't spend much time discussing allegations against Moore but instead refocused her press gaggle on Trump's tour of Asia.
As Independent Journal Review previously noted, four women alleged Moore pursued relationships with them while they were teenagers. At least four of those encounters weren't coerced.
Moore denied the allegations as “completely false,” but leading Republicans called for the Alabama Senate nominee to step aside if the allegations were true:
If there is any shred of truth to the allegations against Roy Moore, he should step aside immediately.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 9, 2017
“If these allegations are true, he must step aside," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also said.