Original Muslim ban erased from Trump campaign website

Sean Spicer said moments before that the president's intent was 'clear.'

ABC News' Cecilia Vega asked Spicer about the page, citing repeated instances where Trump's own past comments have been used against the administration in its ongoing court battles over the travel ban.

“I think the intent of the travel ban was very clear," said Spicer. "It was something that the president made very clear in filings that we have filed why he did it, the motives for doing it and was very clear when he spoke about it from the beginning."

Those motives were called into question by a federal court judge in Hawaii in March after plaintiffs in a case protesting the travel ban pointed "to public statements by the President and his advisers regarding the implementation of a 'Muslim ban,' which Plaintiffs contend is the tacit and illegitimate motivation underlying the Executive Order," according to the court's ruling.

In February, Spicer repeatedly insisted that the order was not a "travel ban," even as Trump used the phrase to describe the action.

"It's not a Muslim ban. It's not a travel ban," he said at the time. "It's a vetting system to keep American safe."

Following the briefing, the text of Trump's statement, entitled "Donald J. Trump Statement On Preventing Muslim Immigration" no longer appeared on the campaign website.

The Trump campaign did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment on the change.

Top Stories

Top Stories

Top Stories

Top Stories

ABC News Live

ABC News Live

24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events