White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that President Trump wants people in Congress who are allies of his administration and agenda but stopped short of endorsing Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
"The president wants people in the House and the Senate who support his agenda, but the Hatch Act prohibits me from going any further," Sanders said, referring to a federal law that prohibits federal employees from using their positions for political purposes.
Sanders added that the White House still "feel[s] like the people of Alabama should make a decision on who they should elect."
Her comments come hours after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that Moore's opponent, Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones, would be unlikely to support the current effort to cut taxes if he wins the special election on Dec. 12.
"Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don't be fooled," Conway said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning.
"He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners," Conway added.
Conway also stopped short of saying the White House wants Roy Moore to win, but some interpreted her statement as a de facto endorsement of Moore.
Moore, who defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange in a September run-off election, has faced a spate of sexual assault accusations since early November when a woman accused him of making sexual advances on her when he was in his 30s and she was 14 years old.
Sanders said Trump has not spoken to Moore since the first four women came forward with allegations against him on Nov. 9.