Chinese President Xi Jinping asked President Trump about GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, amid allegations against Moore of sexual misconduct.
As Xi and Trump, who was in China last week as part of a 13-day trip to Asia, wrapped up remarks to the press in Beijing, they headed backstage and Xi called on his interpreter to ask Trump about Moore, sources told the Associated Press.
“Who is Roy Moore?” Xi asked. The report did not say what, if anything, was Trump's answer.
Four women told the Washington Post on the record in a report published last week about their alleged interactions with Moore in a piece published Thursday. Three of the women said the former judge took them on dates and brought them back to his home, despite the fact he was nearly twice their age and they were between the ages of 16 and 18. A fourth woman, Leigh Corfman, said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old at Moore’s home. Corfman said she did not have intercourse with Moore and requested to be taken home.
A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward Monday and said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. She said Moore offered to drive her home from work one night, but instead parked in a parking lot behind a restaurant. She alleges he groped her and grabbed her neck to “force my head onto his crotch."
Trump told reporters last week that if the allegations against Moore are true, he should step down.
Moore, who won Alabama’s GOP primary in September, has denied the accusations.