Obama: US lost a 'true friend' with Thatcher death

US President Barack Obama said after the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher Monday that America had lost a "true friend" and the world a champion of freedom and liberty.

"As an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom's promise," Obama said in a written statement.

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