Donald Trump’s campaign site recently removed messaging that calls for the complete halt to all Muslim immigration to the United States, minutes after being question by a reporter.
During a briefing at the White House on monday press secretary Sean Spicer was asked in a press conference about the statements on the website by reporter Cecilia Vega. The press release sent out in December of 2015 called for the complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until pending “extreme vetting”.
“If this 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 shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’” Vega asked.
Spicer acknowledged that the administration was aware the press release was still on the site and attempted to clarify by explaining that the ban was not based on religion.
“It’s in this country’s national security interest to make sure that people who are coming in here are coming in here with the right motives and reasons and that we’re having a public safety aspect to making sure that we’re protecting our people,”, said Spicer.
Trump’s campaign site appears mostly bare shortly after, however, following Spicer’s encounter with the reporter.
“Minutes after we asked the WH why the President’s campaign website still calls for a Muslim ban, it appears the statement was deleted,” ABC News’s Cecilia Vega wrote via Twitter.
Minutes after we asked the WH why the President's campaign website still calls for a Muslim ban, it appears the statement was deleted https://t.co/BBX9oiIczx
— Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVega) May 8, 2017
Trump’s Muslim travel ban has been blocked twice, the second time was on March 15th by a federal judge in Hawaii.