Why Trump is angry with Ivanka

Signaling a new stage in her Washington career, the senior White House adviser recently hit the road to sell the plans that have drawn Democratic criticism and spurred some GOP conflict.
Signaling a new stage in her Washington career, the senior White House adviser recently hit the road to sell the plans that have drawn Democratic criticism and spurred some GOP conflict. AP Photo - Matt Rourke

SHE'S usually the apple of his eye, but Ivanka Trump has angered her father as they take opposing views on Alabama senator Roy Moore's sexual harassment allegations.

President Trump continues to support the Republican candidate despite nine women accusing him of sexual harassment or molestation in the 1970s, including one woman who was 14 at the time - Moore was 32.

Earlier this month when asked about Moore, Ivanka told the Associated Press "There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children."

"I've yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts," she said.

Now the New York Timesreports President Trump was irritated upon learning of his daughter's comments, "venting" to several aides in the Oval Office.

"Do you believe this?" he asked the staffers, clearly exasperated, the White House source said.

President Trump offered up another tacit endorsement of alleged sexual molester Roy Moore in a tweet overnight by blasting his Democratic opponent in the Alabama Senate race as a "Schumer/Pelosi puppet."

"The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY," Trump posted, referring to the Democratic leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

"Jones would be a disaster!" said Trump, referring to candidate Doug Jones.

The tweet left GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham questioning why the president would "throw a lifeline" to a candidate facing serious sexual assault accusations.

"That's a political decision by the president. He's definitely trying to throw a lifeline to Roy Moore," Graham of South Carolina said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"If he wins, we get the baggage of him winning and it becomes a story every day about whether or not you believe the women or Roy Moore," Graham said. "Should he stay in the Senate should he be expelled? If you lose, you give the Senate seat to the Democrat at a time when we need all the votes we can get."

"What I would tell President Trump: if you think winning with Roy Moore is going to be easy for the Republican Party, you're mistaken," he said.

Trump's tweet is the second time in a week that he has implicitly endorsed Moore.

Last week as Trump left the White House to head to his exclusive Florida resort Mar-a-Lago for the thanksgiving holiday he said Moore, 70, has denied the allegations.

"He denies it. Look, he denies it," Trump said of Moore. "If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours. He totally denies it. He says it didn't happen. And look, you have to look at him also."

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