Donald Trump on Ivanka's Roy Moore response: 'Do you believe this?'

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"So, you know, ultimately the decision is up to the people of Alabama, but it strikes me at least that it would be in their best interest and in the country's best interest and certainly the best interest of our agenda if the President would use his influence to try to get Roy Moore to step aside". One woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Washington Post in a November 9 article that Moore attempted to initiate sexual contact with her when she was 14.

"Do you believe this?" he asked aides in the Oval Office after his daughter spoke out about Moore, according to The New York Times.

"Roy Moore denies it, that's all I can say", Trump told reporters.

The same report noted that Donald Trump, likening himself to Moore, is reportedly questioning the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which he brags about sexual assaulting women. Lindsey Graham as saying that he was surprised by Trump's reaction and calling it "a high-risk move".

In the wake of the allegations, Republican leaders scrambled to find a way to block Mr Moore as a candidate. If you lose, you give the Senate seat' to a Democrat, he said on CNN. All the Moore memorabilia, fundraising, and messaging could be quickly repurposed for a governor's race.

On Sunday, Trump redoubled his support for Moore, ignoring the allegations of sexual harassment plaguing the politician's Alabama campaign and branding his opponent as weak on crime, the military and immigration. After Conway criticized Democratic candidate Doug Jones for being a "doctrinaire liberal", host Brian Kilmeade countered with: "So vote Roy Moore?".

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Much of the alleged sexual misconduct is said to have occurred in the late 1970s, while one alleged instance of him groping a 28-year-old woman is said to have taken place in 1991.

The president also told DailyMail.com amid a scrum of cameras that he isn't ready to announce whether he'll campaign for Moore as the December 12 special election looms.

"Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama", Trump tweeted on September 26th. "Roy Moore to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon, should have been disqualified".

"The women are Trump voters".

Trump also hedged on the cases of Sen Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers, two powerful congressional Democrats who have been snared in the national dragnet of sex abuse claims.

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