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Trump campaign deletes call for ‘Muslim ban’ after questions at White House briefing

Until Monday the Trump website explicitly called for preventing Muslim immigration.


Nidia Cavazos


Posted on May 8, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 3:08 pm CDT

The call for a Muslim ban was taken down from President Trump’s campaign website on Monday, shortly after an ABC reporter questioned White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer over its existence.

ABC’s Cecilia Vega asked Spicer: “If the White House is no longer calling this a Muslim ban as the president did initially, why does the president’s website still explicitly call for preventing Muslim immigration and it ‘says Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States?’”

Spicer responded: “I’m not aware of what’s on the campaign website, you’d have to ask them… I know how we’ve talked about this from the first day of this administration as a travel ban. It’s in this country’s national security interest to make sure the people coming in here aren’t coming in here with the right motives and reasons and that we’re having a public safety aspect to making sure we’re protecting our people. We’ve been very consistent.”

Vega later noted via Twitter that the Muslim ban portion of the website had been taken down.

Until Monday the website cited data from Pew Research, alleging that “there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.” This after the Trump administration argued its travel ban toward seven Muslim-majority nations was not based on religion.

H/T Cecilia Vega

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*First Published: May 8, 2017, 7:12 pm CDT