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Miss America Blasts Trump On Climate Change (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

The winner of the Miss America 2018 pageant said President Donald Trump was wrong for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

Cara Mund, 23, who was previously Miss North Dakota, was crowned Miss America 2018 on Sept. 10 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Daily Mail reported. When judges asked her about Trump's controversial decision regarding the Paris climate treaty, she did not hold back.

"I do believe it's a bad decision," Mund answered. "Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that's something that we really need to keep in mind.

"There is evidence that climate change is existing. So whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table, and I think it's just a bad decision on behalf of the United States."

Mund did not appear worried about what the judges or the president would think of her answer.

"I wasn't really afraid if my opinion wasn't the opinion of my judges," she said. "Miss America needs to have an opinion and she needs to know what's happening in the current climate."

While Mund was critical of Trump's stance on climate change, she said she was still behind him.

"I may not agree with all of his opinions, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to support the president."

The newly crowned Miss America is no stranger to politics. During an interview with The Associated Press before the competition began, Mund said her goal is to become the first woman elected governor of her state.

"It's important to have a woman's perspective," said Mund, who had an internship in the Senate with Sen. John Hoeven. "In health care and on reproductive rights, it's predominantly men making those decisions."

Mund wasn't the only contestant who was asked tough political questions. Miss Missouri was asked whether or not the president colluded with Russia, and Miss New Jersey was asked whether Confederate statues should be taken down.

Miss Texas Margana Wood, 22, was asked about Trump's response to the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally that resulted in the death of one counter protester.

“I think that the white supremacist issue ... it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,” she said, according to Newsweek. “And I think that President Donald Trump should’ve made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and in making sure all Americans feel safe in this country and that is the number one issue right now.”

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