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Trump Faces Difficult Position on Roy Moore Upon Asia Return

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and President Donald Trump (Evan Vucci/AP)

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 07:53 PM

President Donald Trump has a tough decision awaiting him on his return to Washington: either pressure Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out — or persuade Attorney Jeff Sessions to take back his old seat, Politico reported.

According to the outlet, Trump spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., from Asia last week, when the Kentucky Republican sought Trump's help in pushing Moore out of the Senate contest amid sexual misconduct allegations.

But Monday, McConnell also pitched the idea to have Sessions run as a write-in candidate or be appointed to the Alabama Senate seat he held for two decades, Politico reported.

Trump's expected to weigh in when he returns from his trip to Asia, but it will put him between a rock and a hard place, Politico reported.

On the one hand, Trump could try to pressure Moore to drop out, but there is no guarantee he will comply, especially since the president backed his opponent in the GOP primary. On the other hand, intervening might put him at odds with the conservative activists who helped him win the White House.

"The establishment did everything they could to destroy Trump, and we the people stood with him," GOP Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry told Politico. "It would be very disappointing to see Trump believe these lies and turn on a rock-solid conservative like Roy Moore."

McConnell is in a jam too: A Moore loss would shrink the party's already slim Senate majority, a write-in candidacy would be a long shot and expelling Moore once he is seated could trigger an uprising on the right.

"I'd like to save the seat, and it's a heck of dilemma," McConnell said, Politico reported. "It's a very tough situation."

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President Donald Trump is expected to weigh in on GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore when he returns from his trip to Asia, but it will put him between a rock and a hard place, Politico reported.
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