President Trump still finds the allegations against Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore "concerning," the White House said Tuesday, a day after the president publicly endorsed Moore.
"The president's position hasn't changed. He still finds those concerning but we've also said the president feels that he would rather have someone who supports his agenda [in the Senate] versus somebody who opposes his agenda every step of the way," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.
Sanders added the White House never said Moore's accusers had fabricated their stories about his sexual misconduct and harassment. Nine women have claimed since last month that Moore pursued them romantically when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.
"We didn't say they were lying," Sanders said. "As I've said, we find the allegations to be troubling."
When asked by reporters, the White House twice declined to say holding onto to the Alabama Senate seat was "more important" than taking into account the allegations against Moore.
"I think that those are different things in terms of we aren't going to be the ones to determine that process," Sanders said. "That's going to be for the people of Alabama to decide."
"[Trump] is obviously not going to support a Democrat," she added.
Moore is set to face off against Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones on Dec. 12. Several Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have hinted at voting to expel Moore if he wins the special election.