A statement issued by Donald Trump’s campaign which proposed a total ban on the immigration of Muslims to the United States has disappeared from his website.
Trump said on his website on Dec. 7, 2015, “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," said the president-elect of the United States.
At the time, the call sparked big controversy from Trump’s opponents who call him racist and xenophobic.
"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," he added.
Also during his campaign the president-elect changed his call, saying that the ban should be expanded to immigration from countries with connections to terrorism and not Muslims specifically.
The business magnate continued to advocate for stopping the Syrian refugee problem until the end of the campaign.