Trump on Twitter (Dec 4): Roy Moore

Trump on Twitter (Dec 4): Roy Moore

Trump's support of Moore runs counter to many congressional Republicans, who have called for Moore to exit the race amid allegations from nine women ranging from uncomfortable and unwanted overtures to sexual assault.

Last month, The Washington Post published a bombshell report on allegations based on interviews with more than 30 people. The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16. That's despite an initial White House statement calling on Moore to step aside from the race, "if these allegations are true".

Numerous women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, and several have alleged that Moore pursued them when they were teenagers.

The White House has said Trump would not travel to Alabama to campaign for Moore, but the president is planning to stage a campaign-style rally just across the state line, in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday night, four days ahead of the special election.

"He totally denies it".

"He says it didn't happen, and you know, you have to listen to him also", he added.

"The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY", Trump tweeted, tying Jones to Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

"(Trump) is making the point that in one of our best opportunities for significant tax relief ... we couldn't muster any support from Democrats", he said.

"Like most Americans, the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a persons life", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"Putting all of that together", Short continued, "(Trump) is encouraging the people of Alabama to make the right decision and also acknowledging that there was not a single Democrat in the United States Senate who supported massive tax relief for the American people, and that would put (Democratic candidate) Doug Jones in a very hard position".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Moore will be sworn in as a senator if he wins on December 12, saying he would "let the people of Alabama decide".