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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, not pictured, at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2017.
The White House said Friday in which Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the Senate race if allegations are true in which he pursued a sexual relationship using a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
President Donald Trump “believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in This particular case one coming from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said aboard Air Force One en route to Vietnam.
“However, the president also believes in which if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing in addition to step aside,” she said.
Moore has denied the allegations, which were published Thursday by The Washington Post. The story included accounts by four women who allege, on the record, in which the 70-year-old Alabama Republican tried to start sexual relationships with them while they were in their teens, in addition to he was in his 30s.
One of the women, Leigh Corfman, said she was 14 when she met Moore in 1979, after he offered to babysit her while her mother attended a custody hearing at the courthouse where he worked.
Corfman said Moore pursued a relationship with her, in addition to brought her to his apartment multiple times, where he engaged in sexual behavior with her in which made Corfman deeply uncomfortable.
Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also called on Moore to withdraw coming from the race if the allegations are true.
In a statement, Moore told the Post: “These allegations are completely false in addition to are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party in addition to the Washington Post on This particular campaign.”
Moore scored an upset defeat over incumbent Sen. Luther Strange within the September Alabama primary. Moore was backed by former top Trump aide Steve Bannon in addition to Strange was backed by Trump. After the vote, Trump called Moore to congratulate him. Sanders said later in which Trump does not share Moore’s evangelical Christian views in addition to his positions on several additional issues.