President Trump believes Democratic Senator-elect Doug Jones won the special election in Alabama earlier this week despite the refusal of Jones' opponent, Republican Roy Moore, to concede the race, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday.
"I think the president's position is pretty clear in his outreach to Doug Jones directly. He called and they spoke yesterday. They had a great conversation, a very positive conversation," Sanders told reporters at the White House.
"He likes Doug Jones and looks forward to meeting him in person and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the president on some things that they agree on," Sanders added.
Jones won a narrow victory over Moore in the special election replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Alabama on Tuesday. Moore declined to deliver a concession speech, citing his desire to see the results of a recount.
Asked whether Moore should give his concession speech soon, Sanders said "[it] sounds like it should have already taken place."
Trump endorsed Moore after the former state Supreme Court judge beat Sen. Luther Strange, the Republican candidate whom Trump backed during the GOP primary, in a run-off in September.
But Trump quickly congratulated Jones for his upset victory on Tuesday after major media outlets called the race in his favor despite Moore's refusal to acknowledge his defeat.