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Miss America 2018 Cara Mund criticizes Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. out of Paris Agreement

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund (Miss America Organization/Facebook)

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund (Miss America Organization/Facebook)

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, 23, was crowned Miss America 2018 in Atlantic City on Sept. 10, Sunday. In one of her onstage interviews, she criticized one of the decisions Donald Trump made as the president of the United States.

Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Apparently, Mund is against this as she described it as “a bad decision.”

“Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that’s something that we really need to keep in mind,” Mund said. “There is evidence that climate change is existing, so whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table, and I just think it’s a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”

Hailing from Bismarck, North Dakota, Mund graduated from Brown University. She has also been accepted to law school at the University of Notre Dame.

In the talent portion, Mund performed a jazz dance to “The Way You Make Me Feel” by the late Michael Jackson. She also looks up to “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson for her work as an advocate for women’s rights in the United Nations.

Mund is the first Miss North Dakota to win Miss America. She is also the first contestant from North Dakota to reach the top five of the prestigious beauty pageant, which is more than nine decades old.

Inheriting the crown from Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Mund bested 50 other contestants from across the U.S. and the District of Columbia. The Miss America 2018 judges were Jordin Sparks, “Las Vegas” alum Molly Sims, “Craving You” singer Thomas Rhett, AfterBuzz TV CEO Maria Menounos, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and PEOPLE Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle.

Here is the list of Miss America 2018 results:

Miss America 2018: Miss North Dakota Cara Mund

First runner-up: Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis

Second runner-up: Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel

Third runner-up: Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey

Fourth runner-up: Miss Texas Margana Wood


Top 7:

Miss Alabama Jessica Procter

Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti


Top 10:

Miss Pennsylvania Katie Schreckengast

Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts

Miss Virginia Cecili Weber


Top 12

Miss Georgia Alyssa Beasley

Miss Tennessee Caty Davis


Top 15

Miss Alaska Angelina Klapperich

Miss New Mexico Taylor Rey


America’s Choice:

Miss Illinois Abby Foster



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