Trump backs Roy Moore: 'He denies it'

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Washington, Nov 22 US President Donald Trump today offered a political lifeline to an embattled Alabama Republican accused of preying on teenagers, echoing the would-be senator's denials and attacking his Democratic rival.

"I've looked at his record - it's bad on crime, it's awful on the border, it's bad on the military", Trump said of Moore's Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. "I've looked at his record, it's bad on crime, it's awful on the border, it's awful on the military".

While Moore has forcefully denied most of the allegations, including one from a woman who says she was just 14 years old at the time, he has faced calls from GOP officials across the country to withdraw from the race. "He denies it. And by the way, he totally denies it". Moore has denied the allegations against him and blamed the media and his enemies in the Republican establishment for the backlash against his campaign.

Trump said he would tell reporters next week whether he planned to campaign with Moore.

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When asked about the allegations that Moore pursued multiple teenage girls while he was in his 30s and an assistant district attorney in Alabama, Trump responded that Moore "totally denies it" and pointed out that the allegations are from roughly 40 years ago.

A reporter asked Trump if an "accused child molester" was better than a Democrat.

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Mr Trump said on the Access Hollywood tape. And I think it's very, very good for women. "I think it's a very special time because a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society".

But the White House signaled on Monday that its position was shifting away from the mainstream of Republican leaders, as White House counselor Kellyanne Conway signaled the need for Moore's vote on tax reform was more important in the administration's calculation than the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him. "Judge Moore is going to win".