Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Sunday said he does not believe President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE should resign from office “at this point” over sexual misconduct accusations.
“I don’t think that the president ought to resign at this point,” Jones told CNN’s “State of the Union.” "We’ll see how things go. But certainly those allegations are not new and he was elected with those allegations at front center.”
Jones noted that the sexual misconduct accusations made against the president came to light prior to his election victory last year.
“You know, Jake, where I am on that right now is that those allegations were made before the election. And so people had an opportunity to judge before that election. I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues. Let’s get on with the real issues that are facing the people of this country right now.”
The senator-elect’s response comes after multiple Democratic senators have said Trump should resign due to the prior sexual misconduct allegations against him. Lawmakers in both parties have resigned in recent weeks over alleged inappropriate behavior.
Jones said last week that he had a “gracious” call with Trump, who invited him to visit the White House and congratulated him on his victory in the Alabama special election.
During an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Jones described the call as “personal” and said it did not contain any “substance.”
“His call to me was very gracious, it truly was. We had a very good talk, no substance, but just kind of a personal call,” Jones said.
“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m looking forward to getting up there and trying to find those issues that we can work together on for both the country and the state of Alabama," he added.