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Miss USA hopes Trump can unify Americans after divisive vote

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/18/2017
Miss Universe contestants Deshauna Barber of the United States and Chalita Suansane of Thailand help pack meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Miss Universe contestants Deshauna Barber of the United States and Chalita Suansane of Thailand help pack meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. candidate in the Miss Universe pageant says she did not vote for Donald Trump but hopes the president-elect can unify Americans at a "nerve-wracking" point in U.S. history.

Miss Universe contestants raise their hands as Filipino singer Gerald Santos, center, sings before helping charitable organizations pack meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Miss Universe contestants raise their hands as Filipino singer Gerald Santos, center, sings before helping charitable organizations pack meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Deshauna Barber, a 27-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia, expressed confidence Wednesday that America can hurdle its political difficulties after "one of the most controversial elections I've ever seen in my life."

Miss Universe contestant Jihan Dimack of Tanzania joins other contestants in packing meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Miss Universe contestant Jihan Dimack of Tanzania joins other contestants in packing meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Barber is among 86 candidates vying for the Miss Universe crown on Jan. 30 in Manila, where journalists asked her about Trump's victory.

Miss Universe contestants, from left, Deshauna Barber of the United States, Chalita Suansane of Thailand, Jayathi De Silva of Sri Lanka and Dijana Cvijetic of Switzerland, help pack meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Miss Universe contestants, from left, Deshauna Barber of the United States, Chalita Suansane of Thailand, Jayathi De Silva of Sri Lanka and Dijana Cvijetic of Switzerland, help pack meals for distribution to the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Barber is the first soldier named Miss USA. She says if she becomes Miss Universe, she'll work to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder of troops returning from war.

Miss Universe contestant Johanna Acs of Germany helps in packing meals for the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Miss Universe contestant Johanna Acs of Germany helps in packing meals for the needy in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Eighty-six candidates from around the world are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. The competition takes place on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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