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Trump will want Moore to step aside if sexual misconduct claims true: White House

Republican nominee for US Senate Roy Moore has been accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a woman when she was 14 years old and he was 32.

world Updated: Nov 10, 2017 12:13 IST
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US President Donald Trump at a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC on October 31, 2017.(AFP File Photo)

US President Donald Trump would want Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday.

A woman has accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the US Senate in Alabama, of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Moore, 70, the state’s former chief judge, vehemently denied the allegations, calling them “completely false and a desperate political attack.”

“Like most Americans, the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life,” Sanders said.

“However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside,” she said, as Trump arrived in Vietnam on his 12-day Asia tour.

First Published: Nov 10, 2017 12:13 IST