(CNSNews.com) - In two tweets Thursday night, President Donald Trump weighed in on the Senate's sexual harassment scandal involving Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota:
"The Al Frankenstien (sic) picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump wrote. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?" Trump asked.
Al Franken once joked about drugging and raping journalist Lesley Stahl, an article in New York magazine reported in March 1995. At the time, Franken was a writer for "Saturday Night Live."
On Thursday, Los Angeles talk-radio host Leeann Tweeden announced that Franken had kissed her and groped her against her will during a USO Tour in December 2006. Tweeden released a photograph taken on a military transport plane showing a leering Franken placing his hands over her breasts as Tweeden slept.
After the news about Franken broke on Thursday, keeping the senator holed up in his office all day, reporters at the White House wanted to talk about Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of sexually harassing or abusing young women, including a 14-year-old, many years ago, when he was in his early 30s.
"Does the president believe Roy Moore's accusers or does he think Roy Moore should drop out of this race?" That was the first question asked of spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday.
"The president believes that these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously. And he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be," Sanders said.
The next half-dozen questions also focused on Roy Moore, but Sanders gave similar answers: "He's (Trump) saying that he finds the allegations to be extremely troubling. He doesn't know any more than you do on this fact, other than that these are something that should be taken very seriously, and that the people of Alabama should be the ones to make the decision on whether or not to support Roy Moore."
Sanders took only one question on Franken, when a reporter asked for Trump's response to the sexual harassment allegations:
"On Senator Franken, it appears that the -- that the Senate is looking into that, which they should, and we feel that's an appropriate action," Sanders responded.
One reporter noted that President Trump also faced allegations of sexual harassment during the campaign/ What's the difference between his situation and that of the other accused politicians? he asked.
"Well, I think the president has certainly a lot more insight into what he personally did or didn't do, and he spoke out about that directly during the campaign, and I don't have anything further to add beyond that," Sanders responded.