Donald Trump fired back at Jenna Talackova, the Canadian transsexual beauty queenwho has mired his Miss Universe pageant in controversy and her high-powered attorney who is demanding the beauty pageant be open to all contestants, even those born male.

“I think Jenna should focus on running up in Canada and seeing how she does in Canada and then, if she does well, she has a chance to become what many, many young women all over the world want to be and that’s Miss Universe,” Trump, whose company owns the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, said today on “Good Morning America.”  “That should be her focus.”

Talackova, 23, was selected as one of 65 finalists in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition but was disqualified Friday because she was not a “naturally born female.”  The Vancouver-born Talackova was born a male but had sexual reassignment surgery at age 19.

Days after the disqualification drew worldwide headlines, the Trump organization Monday said it would not attempt to keep Talackova out of the competition.

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