Trump has no plans to campaign for Moore in Alabama

Trump has no plans to campaign for Moore in Alabama
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President Trump won’t travel to Alabama to campaign for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore ahead of next month’s special election, a White House official told The Associated Press.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The Hill that "there is nothing on his schedule at this time" as far as a Trump campaign stop for Moore. The Alabama Republican faces Democratic opponent Doug Jones on Dec. 12.

“The president is not planning any trip to Alabama at this time, and frankly his schedule doesn’t permit him to do anything between now and election day," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters later on Monday.

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Trump last week appeared to offer support to Moore despite allegations he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House last Tuesday.

Trump followed that up with tweets over the weekend saying that Jones would be a puppet of Washington Democrats if elected. 

Trump didn’t say if he believed the allegations, but noted that the former state Supreme Court chief justice denied the allegations about events that occurred 40 years ago.

“He denies it. He totally denies it," Trump said. “Roy Moore denies it — that’s all I can say.”

The allegations against Moore have put Trump and Senate Republicans at odds.

Republicans have called on Moore to withdraw from the race and some in leadership have even floated expelling the Alabama Republican if he wins. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump hints at new executive action on immigration, wants filibuster-proof Senate majority The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump MORE (R-Ky.) is worried Moore will hurt the party’s brand and impact GOP candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

But most Republicans in Alabama are standing by Moore and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has said she won’t move the special election date.

Since the first allegations were reported by The Washington Post, polls have tightened, though the most recent survey has Moore leading Jones in the low single-digits.

Jones, a former federal prosecutor, has addressed the allegations in several recent ads, posting a video with the names and pictures of women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct and another where Jones is quoting “conservative voices” criticizing his opponent including Ivanka Trump and the former holder of the Senate seat at stake, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attack on Sessions may point to his departure Hillicon Valley: Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV | Trump, intel officials clash over Russia docs | EU investigating Amazon | Military gets new cyber authority | Flynn sentencing sparks new questions about Mueller probe Sessions in Chicago: If you want more shootings, listen to ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter MORE.

- This report was updated at 3:38 p.m. EST