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On Air Force One, spokesman says support for Moore is about “issues”

White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah took some questions aboard Air Force One on the way to Pensacola.

Asked why the president is going to Florida, not Alabama, Shah said this:

“It’s not that he’s not going to Alabama.It’s that he is going to Pensacola. Pensacola is Trump country. This is a part of the state that voted overwhelmingly for the president in 2016. He’ll be traveling back to Florida from time to time, and it’s a key state.”

Asked if Mr. Trump doesn’t believe the allegations against Moore, Shah said it all comes down to the “issues” and the president’s agenda.

“As he has said and as the White House has said, we find these allegations to be troubling and concerning and they should be taken seriously,” Shah said. “But Roy Moore has also maintained that these allegations aren’t true and that should also be taken into account. Ultimately, his endorsement is about the issues… He doesn’t want to see Alabama elect a Nancy Pelosi-Chuck Schumer puppet who’s going to be wrong on the issues and not support the agenda.”