Trump disagrees with Republicans 'happy' Roy Moore lost

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Wednesday said he disagreed with Republicans who are "happy" that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore lost Tuesday's special Senate election.

“I wish we would have gotten the seat. A lot of Republicans feel differently, they're very happy with the way it turned out," Trump told reporters Wednesday at the White House.

"But I would have, as the leader of the party, I would have liked to have had the seat. I want to endorse the people that are running," he continued.


His comments come after Moore was defeated Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones in the Senate race in Alabama.

Jones's victory deals a blow to Trump and Senate Republicans, whose advantage in the upper chamber shrinks to a 51-49 margin.

Trump noted in a tweet following the election that he endorsed Moore's primary opponent, Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangePandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R-Ala.) because he didn't think Moore could win the general election. 

"Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!" he tweeted.

However, Trump last week threw his full support behind Moore, who was accused within the last few weeks of the race by multiple women of sexual misconduct.

A woman accused Moore of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Other women have alleged Moore made inappropriate advances on them when they were teenagers.

Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations of misconduct and said he did not date underaged women.

After the allegations came out against Moore, several Republicans called for the GOP Senate candidate to step aside in the race.

When Moore was defeated Tuesday, multiple Republicans celebrated the election results.
Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (R-Ariz.), a frequent critic of Trump, tweeted: "Decency wins."
Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.), who has also been critical of Trump, reportedly called Tuesday night "a great night for America." Corker tweeted in November that Moore's nomination was a "bridge too far" even before the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.