Miss America tells Trump he's wrong

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Cara Mund is not worried that she may begin her yearlong reign as Miss America by starting a Twitter war with America’s Tweeter-In-Chief.
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Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being announced as the winner of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. September 10, 2017.

Cara Mund is not worried that she may begin her yearlong reign as Miss America by starting a Twitter war with America’s Tweeter-In-Chief.

The 23-year-old Miss North Dakota won the crown on Sunday night in Atlantic City after saying in an on-stage interview that President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

Mund topped a field of 51 contestants to win in the New Jersey seaside resort, where most of the 97 Miss Americas have been selected.

She was due to take the traditional winner’s morning-after dip in the Atlantic City ocean today outside Boardwalk Hall, where she was crowned.

In one of her interviews, Mund said Trump was wrong to withdraw the United States from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

“It’s a bad decision,” she said. “There is evidence that climate change is existing and we need to be at that table.”

Meeting with reporters after winning the crown, Mund stood her ground, saying she wanted first and foremost to give a real answer to the question.

“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.”

She isn’t concerned about any reaction from Trump, who said the Paris accord was a bad deal economically for the US and who also called global warming a hoax.

Trump had not mentioned Mund or her comment on the Paris accord on Twitter as of early today.

“He is our president and we need to support him,” Mund said. “I may not agree with all of his opinions, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to support the president.”

Mund, who lives in Bismarck, North Dakota, said her goal is to be the first woman elected governor of her state. She said she wants to see more women elected to all levels of government.

“It’s important to have a woman’s perspective,” Mund, who had an internship in the US Senate, said. “In health care and on reproductive rights, it’s predominantly men making those decisions.” Mund is a graduate of Brown University who is headed for law school.


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