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White House officials struggle to stop GOP stampede away from accused child molester Roy Moore

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With President Donald Trump far away on another continent and grappling with a public relations mess of his own, White House officials have been left on their own to try and halt the stampede of Republicans away from accused child molester Roy Moore.

The New York Times said that White House legislative director Marc Short said that Moore should be allowed to defend himself against the accusations, which appeared this week in a bombshell story in The Washington Post.

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After a tumultuous first year in office, Trump’s slate of achievements is still woefully blank. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land and Congress showing little support for Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico, the administration is desperately hanging its hopes on a Republican majority in the Senate to push through its already wildly unpopular tax reform package.

“I think the president’s obviously on a very important trip, and when he returns I think we’ll have that conversation,” said Short on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

Like many Republicans, Short said the allegations should disqualify Moore if they’re true, but declined to say what would convince him further after 30 sources confirmed Moore’s predilection for underage girls in the well-researched Post story.

“If more evidence comes out that can prove that he did this, then sure, by all means he should be disqualified,” he said. “But that’s a huge ‘if.’”

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Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway bristled under questioning by ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday, refusing to be pinned down on whether or not she believes Moore’s accusers are telling the truth.

“(I)t would be a very dangerous precedent for any of us, for any person in this country to just be cast aside as guilty because of press reports,” said Conway.

Nonetheless, many in the GOP are trying to create distance between themselves and Moore, including Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who said he finds the accusations against Moore “more credible than the denial” and said it would be best if Moore withdrew from the race.

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Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) called on Moore to remove his name from all campaign materials and withdrew his endorsement. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Steve Daines (R-MT) withdrew their Moore endorsements on Friday.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said, like Toomey, he finds the accusations against Moore more persuasive than Moore’s denials.

Some Republicans have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not to seat Moore even if he does win Alabama’s special election.

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The special election takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 12.


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‘Absolute contempt for the American people’: Trump destroyed for shameless G7 golf club announcement

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday announced that next year's G7 summit will be held at Trump National Doral Miami -- and then smugly brushed aside questions about President Donald Trump using his office to personally enrich himself.

Mulvaney's press conference, in which he insisted that the president will not personally profit from holding the meeting there and claimed that it was simply the "best" place to hold the summit, drew harsh and angry reviews from across the web -- check out some of the reactions below.

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‘Get over it’: Trump’s chief of staff reveals Ukraine quid pro quo — but insists it’s just ‘politics’ as usual

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White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admitted that President Donald Trump held up Ukraine aid to pressure the country to investigate a conspiracy theory.

Mulvaney, who is also the White House budget director, told reporters Thursday that Trump's desire to investigate his belief that a DNC computer server was hidden in Ukraine was part of the reason congressionally approved military aid was held up.

However, he insisted that did not represent a quid pro quo arrangement.

"We do that all the time, get over it," Mulvaney said. "Politics is going to be involved in foreign policy, elections do have consequences."

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Trump chief of staff announces G7 will be held at Trump’s golf course

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President Donald Trump will have next year's G7 meeting at his own golf course in Doral, Florida, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.

In announcing that the G7 meeting will be held at the Trump National Doral Miami, Mulvaney insisted that the president will not personally profit from holding the meeting there and claimed that it was simply the "best" place to hold the summit.

Mulvaney deflected reporters' questions about using the G7 summit to boost the golf resort's brand name by saying that the Trump brand name is already widely known throughout the world and doesn't need a G7 meeting to make it stronger.

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