Donald Trump Congratulates Obama On Osama Bin Laden Killing, Asks For End To ‘Party Politics’ Debate For ‘Next Several Days’

May 2, 2011 9:46am

ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:

Potential 2012 presidential candidtae Donald Trump, who has emerged as one of President Obama's sharpest and most vocal critics, congratulated him after Sunday night's announcement of the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

He also called for a temporary end to the debate over "party politics," suggesting that now is a time to remeber the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the Armed Forces for a job well done," Trump said in a statement to ABC News.

I am so proud to see Americans standing shoulder to shoulder, waving the American flag in celebration of this great victory," he added. "We should spend the next several days not debating party politics, but in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those currently fighting for our freedom. God Bless America!"

Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul, is one of several potential Republican presidential candidates who praised President Barack Obama for his administration’s efforts to kill bin Laden. Other possible 2012 GOP contenders steered clear of mentioning Obama by name.

Each of them thanked American military forces, but some warned that the fight against terrorism is “not over” yet.

 Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's reaction was perhaps the most forceful of any of the possible GOP candidates: "Welcome to hell, bin Laden," he said.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, responded to Sunday night’s announcement that U.S. forces had killed bin Laden near Islamabad, Pakistan. “This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere,” he said.

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