Trump won't campaign for Alabama candidate Roy Moore

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Busby said that the allegations of sexual assault and molestation against the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, have opened up a lane for a more centrist candidate for the election that takes place December 12. Trump has all but endorsed Moore, pointing out that Moore denies the accusations.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The Hill that "there is nothing on his schedule at this time" as far as a Trump campaign stop for Moore.

Moore was accused by multiple women of pursuing them as teenagers when he was in his early 30s.

Busby also thinks the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, isn't right for Alabama given his pro-choice stance.

Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate and are eager to maintain their advantage to pass Trump's legislative agenda on taxes, healthcare and other priorities.

What did the White House say?

Moore had enjoyed a comfortable lead over Jones until allegations surfaced the former Alabama Chief Justice had improper sexual contact with teenage girls in the 1970s.

Two women have accused Moore of sexually assaulting or molesting them decades ago, when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

The official says Trump will not travel to Alabama on Moore's behalf, despite his public statements doubting the women accusing Moore of sexual assault. He has instead chosen to go after Moore's opponent.

Trump followed that up with tweets over the weekend saying that Jones would be a puppet of Washington Democrats if elected.

The Republican party, for the most part, has turned its back on Moore, given the accusations against him, but Trump has continued to imply his support for the candidate. Busby spent 31 years in the Marine Corps and, during his final tour of duty, served as vice chief of staff to Gen. John Kelly, who is now President Donald Trump's chief of staff. He's denied the allegations.

Moore's campaign quickly touted Trump's comments on social media and in a fundraising email to supporters that lashed out at Republican leaders as much as it did Jones.

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