US President Donald Trump has officially endorsed the candidacy of Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting and pursuing several teenage girls.
Moore is facing off against Democratic hopeful Doug Jones in a high-stakes special election in Alabama next week.
Trump, who had previously called the allegations against Moore as “very troubling,” said on Monday he did not want to see the victory of the Democratic opponent of Moore, saying it “would be a disaster!”
Trump called Moore and offered his formal support ahead of the December 12 vote, according to the White House.
“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 Raj Shah.
The campaign team of Moore said the candidate was honored to have received Trump endorsement.