Miss USA Olivia Jordan says the presidential campaign of pageant owner Donald Trump is ''unrelated'' to the pageant. Diane Hodges reports.
New Miss USA Olivia Jordan is staying focused on her new job and dismissing questions about the controversial man who owns the pageant -- Donald Trump. The real estate tycoon and presidential candidate angered many with his remarks about Mexicans. He said some of the Mexicans coming to the United States were rapists, drug dealers and killers. The comments prompted broadcasters and the original hosts to abandon the pageant. But not the contestants who had worked so hard to be in it. Including Jordan, who was crowned earlier this month. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MISS USA OLIVIA JORDAN, SAYING: "I think that Donald Trump running for president is unrelated to what the pageant is about. I think that we got caught in a political crossfire and it is what it is. He has the right to have opinions and he's talking about issues that are important. Immigration is an important issue. It is something that we should be talking about and it's good to have those kinds of conversations." Several of the pageant contestants were from immigrant families, including 1st runner-up Miss Texas, whose family hails from...Mexico. As Miss USA, Jordan says she'll work to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and the scourge of child prostitution. Jordan will represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant.