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Trump won't campaign for Roy Moore, White House says

by Jane C. Timm /
Image: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally on Sept. 25, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama.Scott Olson / Getty Images file

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President Donald Trump won't be hitting the campaign trail for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama after all, the White House said Monday.

"The president is not planning any trip to Alabama at this time. Frankly, his schedule doesn't permit him doing anything between now and Election Day," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, referring to the Dec. 12 election.

Trump, who denied accusations of sexual assault or misconduct by more than a dozen women when he was a candidate, hinted last week that he might hit the trail for Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. Trump told reporters he’d let them know this week if he was going to hit the campaign trail.

"He totally denies it. He says it didn't happen," Trump said last week about the accusations against Moore. "And you know, you have to listen to him also."

The president stressed that he believed Alabama Democrat Doug Jones was a terrible choice for the seat.

"The president obviously wants people who support his agenda," Sanders said Monday.

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