PASAY CITY - Miss Universe USA Deshauna Barber on Friday said she is committed to follow President Donald Trump's policies even if many women in her home country took to the streets last week in protest of the agenda espoused by the new administration.
Pro-women's groups in the US have criticized Trump for body shaming a former beauty queen, and for his controversial stance on abortion.
"I serve in the United States military and it is my duty and an oath that I took to serve my nation which I plan on doing... I have to follow my commander-in-chief," Barber told ABS-CBN News.
Barber is the first woman actively serving in the US Army Reserve to win the title of Miss USA, her profile in the official Miss Universe website reads.
She has been working with soldiers suffering from war shock, and is an advocate of suicide prevention among members of the military.
Barber admitted that "2016 was such a divisive year" for Americans, and said she intends to open dialogue channels should she win the Miss Universe crown.
"The problem in terms of politics and the things we have to deal with is that nobody wants to talk about it. The first step is to have a conversation and bring both parties to come together."
"It's incredibly unfortunate how divided we are but I know that we're gonna be okay," she added.