Donald Trump just did Roy Moore a massive favor

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended embattled Alabama Republican Roy Moore, all but endorsing the Senate candidate who has been accused of sexual assault.

White House panel discussion on Trump's endorsement of Moore, MSNBC analyst John Heilemann explained that there was no "moral consistency or ethic consistency" to Trump's decision to toss his support behind Moore because all Trump "cares about is himself".

The President also expressed vehement opposition to Doug Jones, the Democrat in the race and Moore's only major opponent. But he ill-advisedly shifted to the claim that "you don't need somebody who's soft on crime like Jones".

Trump said he will announce next week whether he will campaign on Moore's behalf.

Moore's campaign has struggled since the Post detailed the accounts of four women who say Moore pursued them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Two have accused him of assault or molestation; he vehemently denies it.

He pointed to Mr Moore's assertions that he did nothing wrong.

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When pressed later, President Trump added, "Roy Moore denies it, that's all I can say".

He also noted that the allegations concerned behavior alleged to have happened decades ago.

At an Alabama event on Tuesday, spokespeople for Moore denied the allegations against the candidate but refused to answer questions as women come forward about Moore's past.

Before the allegations came to light, Moore was heavily favored to defeat Democrat Doug Jones, a former federal prosecutor, in the special election on December 12. Top Republicans have called for Moore to leave the race, and initially the White House indicated Moore should step aside if the allegations were true.

The White House previously said Mr Trump thought the Moore allegations were "extremely troubling". "But I think all of us are grateful now that there is a new day for women in the workplace where they do not have to put up with sexual advances that are unwanted, that they do not have to live and work in a hostile environment and that's going to be good for all of us in the workplace".

More than a dozen women came forward in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years. Conway responded to questions about whether the administration wants the people of Alabama to support the Republican candidate by first highlighting their goal to pass the GOP tax bill, characterizing the media as hypocritical for its coverage of Democratic Sens.

"Well, he denies it", Trump said.