Tuesday, May 9, 2017
'Preventing Muslim immigration' statement disappears from Trump's campaign site
USAToday/ J. Estepa
On Monday morning, President Trump's campaign website featured his December 2015 statement about "preventing Muslim immigration."
Later that afternoon, it did not.
The deletion of the statement appeared to come after Cecilia Vega of ABC News asked at Monday's White House press briefing about the statement: "If this White House is no longer calling this a Muslim ban as it did initially, why does the president's website still explicitly call for 'preventing Muslim immigration'?"
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer replied that he wasn't aware of what was on dthe campaign's website and referred questions about the statement to campaign staff.
"I know how we've talked about this from the first day of this administration: as a travel ban that's in this country's national security interests, as to make sure that people who are coming in here, are coming in here with the right motive and reason," he said. "We've been very consistent."
For the record, here's the full statement from Trump's site (courtesy of the Internet Archive):
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. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing "25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad" and 51% of those polled, "agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah." Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won't convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.