Trump criticizes Al Franken, remains silent on Roy Moore allegations

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who faced more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct during his own election campaign, was quick to tweet on the "really bad" allegations against Democratic Senator Al Franken Thursday, but has so far remained silent about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Trump referred to Sen. Franken, D-Minn., who is accused of having forcibly kissed and groped a radio news anchor a decade ago when entertaining U.S. troops overseas, as "Al Frankenstien."

However, he has declined to comment on the claims leveled against Republican Moore, who faces allegations he sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that Trump finds the accusations againSt Moore "very troubling" but thinks "the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be."

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Senator Al Franken (D-MN) watches Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Senator Franken’s behavior is disgusting. He should resign from the U.S. Senate. https://t.co/vTlxA8f8ju
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@sofain I dont like moore and he should just disappear . But with this photographic proof of what franken did, he needs to resign.
@kupajo333 @realDonaldTrump I agree AL Franken should resign or be removed from office
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@jeff_ruff I agree. Franken, Moore, and Trump should all resign
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@ChrisSalcedoTX @GOP Just read the victim’s account. I say Franken should resign.
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@KirstenPowers If you call for Moore to drop out or be expelled, then you should also call for Franken to resign or be expelled
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Al Franken, Roy Moore, and Donald Trump should all resign
@Travelerrd @cnni Ha. Too funny. Franken should resign right after Trump does.
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Asked if Trump would vote for Moore if he could, the White House spokeswoman responded: "The president is not a voter in Alabama." Sanders added the president backed the Republican National Committee's decision to withdraw resources from the Moore race.

Trump has repeatedly ignored questions on Moore since returning from his lengthy trip to Asia. While on that trip, Trump told reporters that if the allegations were true, Moore should drop out — something Sanders said the president still "firmly believes."

But while Trump has been quiet on the issue, his daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has spoken out, telling the Associated Press this week she believed the women accusing Moore and that there's "a special place in hell for people who prey on children." She did not call on Moore to leave the race.

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Beverly Nelson (L) shows a school year book with attorney Gloria Allread during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Accuser Beverly Young Nelson, reacts while reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Attorney Gloria Allred stands with accuser Beverly Young Nelson, holding a sketch of herself made when she was 16 after reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beverly Nelson (L) reacts as she reads a statement to reporters with attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Beverly Young Nelson (L) speaks to the media with her lawyer Gloria Allred, at a news conference where she has accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 16 on November 13, 2017 in New York City. Moore, a controversial politician who recently won a run-off against Luther Strange for Alabama's Senate seat, is currently fighting accusations alleging that he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers -- including a 14-year-old -- when he was in his 30s. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Moore has repeatedly denied all the allegations against him.

The president has also had his own troubles with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. More than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual assault or misconduct in the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign.

He has also been caught on tape in a leaked Access Hollywood hot mic moment, saying: "I just start kissing them, it’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," he said in the 2005 conversation. "Grab 'em by the pussy."

Faced with those allegations again Thursday, Sanders told reporters that the president has "a lot more insight into what he personally did or didn't do," pointing to the denials he made during the campaign.

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