Trump backs Roy Moore, saying his vote is needed in Senate

President Trump early Monday endorsed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, saying his vote is needed in the Senate. 

The president signaled his support for a Moore in a morning tweet, writing: "Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama."

"We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!," he added, referring to House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGovernment shutdown impasse is a leveraging crisis Overnight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions We can’t tackle climate change if we ignore the main polluter — transportation MORE (D-N.Y.).

Trump then called Moore to express his support, according to Moore's campaign and the White House.

"The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore's campaign," said principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

Multiple women have recently accused Moore of sexual misconduct. One woman said Moore initiated sexual contact with her in 1979, when she was 14. Moore would have been 32 at the time. Another woman alleged Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16.

Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying they are politically motivated. But the Alabama Republican admitted in an interview after the first set of accusations that he may have dated women in their later teens during that period in his life.

"Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders...& so much more," Trump said in a subsequent tweet Monday morning, adding a reference to Moore's Democratic opponent in the Alabama special election, Doug Jones.

Moore in his own tweet thanked Trump for his support. 

"The America First agenda will #MAGA," he tweeted. "Can't wait to help him #DrainTheSwamp."

Trump, who endorsed Republican Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeDomestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Five things to watch in Mississippi Senate race MORE in the Alabama Republican primary, had recently hedged on Moore. The president had declined to offer him an explicit endorsement, but argued Republicans cannot afford to lose the Senate seat in Alabama.

Moore has resisted calls from prominent Republicans for him to drop out of the race but has remained defiant, despite losing fundraising support from the Republican National Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-Ky.) said on Sunday that Alabama voters will decide whether Moore will go to the Senate.

"I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call," McConnell said on ABC’s “This Week.”

McConnell last month had called for Moore to "step aside" from the special election race.

— This story was updated at 12:52 p.m.