President Trump responded Saturday to questions from reporters on Air Force One, as he traveled from Danang to Hanoi, in Vietnam, about whether Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should drop out of the race because of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“So I have not seen very much about him, about it,” Trump said, “Honestly, I’d have to look at it and I have to see. I’ll stick with my statement for now. But I’ll have further comment as we go down the road. I have to get back into the country to see what’s happening.” There is nearly a zero percent chance that Trump isn’t aware of the allegations against Moore and this is an obvious deflection.
This is not a good situation for the United States as it is obvious why the president is avoiding this controversy; Trump went through the same thing. What comment could the president possibly have here? If he agrees that Moore should drop put, he’s essentially admitting that he shouldn’t be president. If he backs Moore, he is assisting in potentially adding another sexual predator into government.
The statement Trump referred back to is thethat White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read to reporters after the allegations against Moore were revealed. The White House statement said that Trump believes Moore will “do the right thing and step aside” if the “decades old” allegations are true.
Moore has been accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior with a 14 year old girl when he was 32 in 1979, while also assistant district attorney. The Washington Post broke the story and also told the stories of several other girls between the ages of 16 and 19 that Moore allegedly had inappropriate underage encounters with, all while he was in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations as “fake news” but has also admitted to some of the interactions.