Trump’s message came on the same day that the RNC reversed itself and returned to Alabama to support Moore, less than three weeks after pulling out of a joint fundraising agreement with his campaign. An RNC official with knowledge of the plans, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the re-engagement. The committee did not immediately issue any public statements announcing the move.

On Capitol Hill, the reception remained frostier — although a shift in tone appeared underway among senators, too. Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the second-ranking Republican senator, said Monday that he favors a congressional ethics probe into the allegations facing Moore if he is elected…

Before endorsing Moore on Monday morning, Trump had spoken at length about the Alabama race with his former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to a person familiar with the conversation granted anonymity to describe private talks. Bannon was scheduled to appear at a Moore rally Tuesday afternoon in Fairhope, Ala.