Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the US briefly disappeared from his campaign website.

The GOP president elect had previously stated he would issue a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country following several terror attacks in Europe.

And despite both Trump and his campaign team backtracking on the complete ban and suggesting stricter criteria for Muslims wanting to enter the country instead, the temporary ban pledge remained on his website.

It stated: "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."

However as votes cast in the election were being counted on Tuesday (8 November), the link to the Muslim ban statement started redirecting to the home page, The Hill reported, although it featured on the page until at least Monday.

But the incident was described as a glitch, with a Trump spokesman telling Reuters several elements of the web page were down but had now been fixed and the statement was live again.

During his campaign, Trump's comments about Muslims were roundly criticised by many, including his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton and London mayor Sadiq Khan, who openly questioned whether he would be permitted to enter the US under a Trump presidency.

The Republican took several opportunities during the presidential race to reassert his comments about either temporarily banning Muslims or using additional vetting process for people from the Islamic faith.

At the second presidential debate, Trump clarified that the idea for a temporary ban had become "extreme vetting", but further angered Muslims when he suggested they should be doing more to prevent terrorism.

"Muslims have to report the problems when they see them," he said during the debate. "And you know there's always a reason for everything. If they don't do that, it's a very difficult situation for our country."

His comments also caused many people to point out that the Muslim "shutdown" remained on his website – something that is no longer the case.

Trump's team did not immediately respond to IBTimes UK's request for comment.