President Donald Trump, who previously appeared to throw his weight behind Roy Moore, will not be campaigning for the embattled Republican Senate candidate, according to a new report.
A White House official told The Associated Press on Monday, on condition of anonymity, that the president has decided not travel to Alabama on Moore’s behalf, despite hinting that he may stump for the candidate, who battling accusations of sexual misconduct, including inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s.
The president was criticized last week for pushing Alabama voters to do what they can to ensure Democratic candidate Doug Jones won't win the election in December, stopping short of out-right endorsing Moore while seemingly provide a needed boost to the campaign.
"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday, adding that Jones is “terrible on crime, he's terrible at the border, he's terrible on the military.”
Trump was hesitant to say he believed Moore's multiple accusers: "If you look at what is really going on, if you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours — he totally denies it,” Trump said.
“He says it didn't happen, you have to listen to him also.”
When asked if he plans to campaign for Moore, the president left the door open, teasing an announcement for “next week.”