The billionaire made the call to temporarily ban Muslims shortly after the November 2015 Paris attacks until he figured out “what the hell was going on”.
The statement published last year in December read: “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.”
The page was live on the morning of election day, but shortly before results were announced the page was redirected to one that encourages online supporters to make a donation to his campaign.
After an ISIS sympathiser brutally murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Trump congratulated himself for creating the proposal and said: “We have to do it,” he said. “It will be lifted, this ban, when and as a nation we’re in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country.”
Later in the second of three presidential debates with Hilary Clinton, Trump changed his promise and said: “It’s called extreme vetting. We are going to areas like Syria where they’re coming in by the tens of thousands because of Barack Obama and Hillary [Clinton].
“I believe in building safe zones. I believe in having other people pay for them. As an example, the Gulf states who are not carrying their weight but they have nothing but money and [can] take care of people.”
The newly-elected US President changed his stance completely during his first speech as winner saying he wanted to seek “partnership, not conflict”.
He said: “Ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.
“It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people – and serve the people it will.
“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone. All people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.”