Trump camp deletes Muslim ban language after reporter's question


Language calling for a Muslim ban was deleted on Monday after an ABC News reporter pressed White House press secretary Sean Spicer about the issue during a press briefing.

In its latest legal test, President Trump's temporary travel ban on people entering the U.S. from six countries is scheduled to be heard by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. ABC News's Cecilia Vega asked Spicer about 2015 language on Trump's campaign website calling for the prevention of "Muslim immigration" -- a post that was soon after removed from the site, Vega reports.

"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 later wrote on Twitter.

"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.

Spicer responded saying he was aware what was on the campaign website, but emphasized the administration's platform as focused on a ban based on nationality, rather religion.

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"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," Spicer said. "We've been very consistent since the first day of this administration on this."

According to the Hill, the 2015 press release Vega refers to called for a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives and figure out what is going on."