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NEW YORK, NY, United States (UPI) -- Miss Universe pageant owner Donald Trump says he is considering a tribute to the newly crowned Miss Iraq, who has been hiding amid death threats.
'She is very proud to have won, and now she is in a very tough position,' Trump told Friday`s New York Post. 'She is extremely brave.'
Silvia Shahakian, 23, a Christian of Armenian ancestry, was crowned Sunday when the original winner stepped down after receiving threats from extremists.
Shahakian told ABC`s 'Good Morning America' she was going into hiding, but the Post said it is believed she is still in Iraq.
Trump said there may be a special salute to Shahakian during the Miss Universe pageant July 23 in Los Angeles.
'We`ve had countries in the contest before where it was not the most popular thing to do, but never like this,' he said.
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