Conway backs Trump's silence on Moore, says Franken is 'news of the day'

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Friday defended President Trump's decision to weigh in on the sexual misconduct allegation against Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMan who threatened to kill Obama, Maxine Waters faces up to 20 years in prison Gillibrand defends her call for Franken to resign Gillibrand: Aide who claimed sexual harassment was 'believed' MORE (D-Minn.) while staying silent on the numerous allegations facing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“Well, Al Franken was a brand new news story yesterday and the president weighed in as he does on the news of the day," Conway said on Fox News.

"The Roy Moore story is eight days old and the president put out a statement on his Asia trip on that, and since that our press secretary has spoken on behalf of the president by saying that he believes the people of Alabama will sort out what to do with Roy Moore and that election," she continued. 

Conway's comments come after the president attacked Franken in the wake of the accusations on Twitter late Thursday, dubbing the senator as "Frankenstein." 

 

TV host Leeann Tweeden has accused Franken of kissing and groping her without consent in 2006.

However, the president has largely avoided commenting directly on the numerous sexual misconduct accusations involving minors levied against Moore.

The White House issued a statement last week saying Moore should step aside if the accusations are true.

The president said last week during his 13-day trip to Asia that he had not devoted much time to the accusations surrounding Moore.

"I’m dealing with the president of China, the president of Russia. I’m dealing with the folks over here," he said. "So I haven’t devoted — I haven’t been able to devote very much time to it."