Trump endorses accused child molester
United States President on Monday officially endorsed the candidacy of embattled Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women when they were teenagers, including one who was 14 at the time.
US President had previously characterized the allegations against Moore as "very troubling" before changing tack and warning voters in the 70-year-old Christian conservative's home state of Alabama that a victory for his Democratic rival Doug Jones "would be a disaster."
On Monday, the White House said US President had called Moore to offer his formal backing ahead of the December 12 special election in Alabama, a right-leaning southern state.
"The president had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the president endorsed Judge Moore's campaign," said White House principal deputy press secretary.
Moore's campaign team said he was honored to have received the president's endorsement, in a call placed from on board Air Force One.
"President knows that the future of his conservative agenda in Congress hinges on this election," Moore was quoted as saying.
"I look forward to fighting alongside the president to strengthen our military, secure our border, protect our gun rights, defend the sanctity of life, and confirm conservative judges to courts around this nation."
In spite of a history of controversy stemming from his tenure on Alabama's supreme court, Moore had been a strong favorite to win election before the allegations against him were first reported by local newspaper.