Muslim Ban Statement Temporarily Vanishes From Trump Website

PHOTO: Donald Trump, center, and retired Gen. Keith Kellogg, right, listen as Sen. Jeff Sessions speaks during a national security meeting with advisors at Trump Tower, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. PlayEvan Vucci/AP Photo
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A statement that the Trump campaign issued proposing a total ban on the immigration of Muslims to the United States temporarily disappeared from the team's website.

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"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," Trump said on his website on Dec. 7, 2015. "According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."

The call sparked a furious backlash from opponents and claims of racism and xenophobia.

"Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine," Trump said in the statement. "Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."

On the campaign trail, the President-elect at one point appeared to alter the call, saying that the ban should be on immigration from countries with connections to terrorism and not Muslims specifically.

While he continued to advocate for stopping the Syrian refugee problem until the end of the campaign, the rhetoric about the Muslim ban had disappeared by the end.

The page, which redirected to the campaign homepage, appeared on his website until at least Nov. 5, just days before Election Day.

It was restored on Nov. 10.

"The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage," the campaign said to The Washington Post in a statement. "It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly."

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