The Latest: White House Spokeswoman says Pres. Trump won’t campaign for Roy Moore

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Vestavia Hills, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore is denying the allegations. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

A White House spokeswoman says President Donald Trump is too busy to visit Alabama to support embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday that Trump will not campaign in advance of the Dec. 12 special election because “his schedule doesn’t permit” it.

Moore is facing accusations that he sexually assaulted or molested women decades ago, when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. At least five others have said he pursued romantic relationships when they were teenagers. Trump has all but endorsed Moore, pointing out that Moore denies the accusations.

Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election to fill a seat held previously by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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4:20 p.m.

A White House official says President Donald Trump will not campaign for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore before the Dec. 12 special election.

The president had held the door open to campaigning for Moore last week, when he all but endorsed his candidacy while attacking his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. Trump also made public statements in which he raised doubts about the accounts of women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct decades ago, when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

The White House official told The Associated Press that Trump would not travel to Alabama on Moore’s behalf. The official was not authorized to discuss the president’s plans publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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