President has 'serious questions' about Moore allegations: White House legislative affairs director

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short discusses Roy Moore, the GOP's tax plan, and more with George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."
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The person on my right, who unbeknownst to me, at that time, was Donald Trump. Put their hand up my skirt. He was like an octopus. Like he had six arms. He was all over the place. Someone grabs you, you want to hit him. I did push him away. He grabbed my shoulder. Began kissing me aggressively. And placed his hand on my breast. Some of the accusers president trump has promised to sue. We're going the talk to his point man on capitol hill, Marc short. I want to get to the immediate question facing the president and the Republican party. That is, Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore. President said the allegations against Moore are disqualifying if true. Seven different women have now come forward with corroborating witnesses. Does the president believe them? George, thank you for having me. I think the president is clear on this. The initial statement said if the allegations are true, it would be disqualifying. The president went down and cam pand against Roy Moore in the primary in support of Luther strange. We're uncomfortable with the explanations Roy Moore has given to date. So at this point, we think what is best for the people of Alabama, for them to make the decision. I'm asking the position of the president. The president also said he would back Roy Moore if he won the primary -- won the runoff against strange. And Roy Moore did win that. And it's now been two weeks. Since the allegations first broke. Now seven women have come forward. Here's what the leaders you work with in congress are saying about that right now. These allegations are credible. If he cares about the values and the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside. I believe the women, yes. I am -- um -- have no reason to doubt these young women. That's the president's attorney general. Right there. Does the president have any reason to doubt these young women who are making the allegations? George, think the vice president spoke out as well. The president has expressed concern about this. You noted the president has not gone to Alabama to campaign for Roy Moore since the primary concluded. We have serious concerns about the allegations that have been made. All of this information is out there for the people of Alabama. Roy Moore has been a public servant for decades in Alabama. He's run multiple times. The people of Alabama know best what to do and the right decision to make here. They may. I'm asking you a direct question on behalf of the president. W you work for the president. Does the president believe the women or not? Obviously, George, if the women KINT believe the women's accusations were credible, he would be campaigning for Roy Moore. He's also concerned that the accusations are 38 years old. Roy Moore has been in public service for decades. The allegations did not arise until now. At this point, as I have said, we think it's best for the people of Alabama to make the decision for them. You're not willing to make a yes or no judgment on if the president believes the women? I think I have answered your questions three times now. No, you have said you have questions and concerns. We have questions about the allegations. Serious questions. That's why the president has not campaigned for Roy Moore. He promised after the primary to back Roy Moore. Is he still backing Roy Moore? I don't think you have seen him go down there and campaign for him. You haven't seen him issue an endorsement. I think he thinks at this point, it's best for the people of Alabama to make the decision for their state? So he no longer backs Roy Moore? I think he thinks it is best for the people of Alabama to make the decision. So if Roy Moore wins, the senate should not move to investigate and expel him? He should serve the term? I think several instances have happened in the past where senators have been removed from office. Those are, senator Packwood, as you showed earlier, he had abuses in office. I'm not familiar with the senate makes the decision that all the public information that out there, and the people made an election, and then the that decides to overturn the wisdom of the people of the state. Having said that, we think that the people of Alabama will have a lot of wisdom in making the right decision come December 12th. And the right decision is? I think that -- the right decision will be what the people of Alabama decide. That's -- and I know you think you have answered the question. I understand that you're in a difficult position right here. But it's just -- it's a simple yes or no. Does the president believe that Roy Moore should be the next senator from the state of Alabama? The president, I think, George, has made his perspective very clear on multiple occasions. He's expressed concerns about the allegations. At this point, he's going to let the people of Alabama decide. He's willing to speak out on races all across the country. Endorse members of congress, senate continues. Is he doing that here? You can -- you should be able to infer by the fact that he's not gone down to support Roy Moore, his discomfort in doing so. So he doesn't support Roy Moore? George, think the president has spoken on this. The white house has spoken on this. I think, at this point, we think he's been a public figure in Alabama for decades. The people of Alabama will make the decision. Not the president. Not the leader of the senate. Not members in congress. The people of Alabama. And the president will work with him if, indeed, he's elected? The president works with all members of the congress. That's his role. He's comfortable with Roy Moore being in the United States senate? George -- the president has concerns if these allegations prove true about anybody of that nature snerveg the United States senate. You have heard us make concerns in particular about allegations from teenage girls. And we have said on other networ networks, other stations, the reality that we think those are the most offensive and that there is a special place in hell for people who are child molesters. Having said that, we believe the allegations are arigz 38 years after the date. And Roy Moore has an opportunity to tell the people of Alabama his innocence. To date, we're uncomfortable that he has done that. You're uncomfortable. Again, if dating a 14-year-old, and you have used the word pedophilia in the past, is disqualifying. It comes down the a matter of whether or not you believe the women who made the gags or not. And right here, sitting here 40 years after the fact,ky not have any more information to tell you one way or the other. Two people know that. Roy Moore and the accusers. Let's talk about the tax bill. You heard senator Collins lay out the litany of concerns on the tax bill. Can her concerns be met, including the issue of the repeal of the Obamacare mandate in the tax bill snrnlgts I think you heard senator Collins make the case. The individual mandate affects those earning $50,000 or less. We always said we wanted the tax plan to focus on lower and middle class families. Keep in mind, when Obama kair went before the supreme court, the Obamacare sports argued it was a tax. It was determine bid the supreme court this is a tax. And those families that are choosing instead to pay a tax opposing to getting crummy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges are the ones most impacted. We feel it's important to provide them with relief. Your cheeg, Mick Mulvaney said he's open to take that out of the bill. Is that the white house's position? We focus on simplyfullying the tax code. It does not have the individual mandate in it. We believe the individual mandate is a tax. It's harming middle income Tampa tlis most. We like that the senate has included it in its bill. And how about that issue that I also raised with senator Colli Collins. She expressed a concern. That the corporate tax cuts are permanent and the individual are temporary spp that fair? It's a good question. The reality is that many of the arcane fat rules are Byrd resolutions that are difficult to make permanent. Many criticisms of the bush tax plan. They said the individual rates would not be permanent. In reality, all rates under $400,000 in income, those rates are permanent. We're hopefully gnat the individual and corporate will be permanent. That means you'll blow through the deficit caps. It's $1.5 trillion in deficit allowance. For all those preaching concerns about the deficit. Who took the deficits we have created from George Washington to president Obama, president Obama doubled to make it $20 trillion in debt that we have. Now there's a lot of people preaching concern about the debts. The reality is if we don't grow our economy, we're never going to pay for the things we do. Such as to rebuild our military. We will never be able to afford the things we need to do to make our border secure and make our world secure, and be able to provide the defense we need to make America secure. We need to do those things with the tax plan to get the economy growing again. Final question. $25 billion. The president was very, very firm during the campaign, no medicare cuts at all. The president's been consistent on that. You're right. He's not interested in entitlement cuts. It's a promise he made to the American people. We believe that that provision could be waived. How? Do you have the 60 votes to waive snit. I think in tend, sit a provision that will get waived. Marc short, thank you for your time. Thanks for having me on.

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