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Muslim ban culled from Trump website

President-elect had called for preventing entry to US of Muslims after Paris terror attacks

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Republican President-elect Donald Trump gives a speech during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, November 9, 2016 (AFP/MANDEL NGAN)
Republican President-elect Donald Trump gives a speech during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, November 9, 2016 (AFP/MANDEL NGAN)

A call by President-elect Donald Trump to ban all Muslims from entering the United State has been expunged from his campaign website.

Trump, while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, made the controversial demand in a December 7, 2015, statement in which he said there should be a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” which should continue “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

He also read out the statement at a campaign rally.

The suggestion of a ban, which drew condemnation from the White House at the time, came a day after US President Barack Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office about shootings in San Bernardino, California, in which a Muslim couple killed 14 people and in the wake of the November 13 Paris terror attacks in which 130 people were killed and 368 injured in a series of shootings and bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

According to The Independent, the page on his website linking to the statement was still available on Tuesday, the morning of the election, and was removed as voting results came in, showing Trump beating his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

It now sends visitors to a donation page instead.

The Trump campaign did not comment on the alteration to the site.

According to the Independent, the Trump campaign in the past removed a page claiming that the billionaire’s wife, Melania Trump, had a college degree in design and architecture after it emerged that she had quit her studies to focus on her modeling career.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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