US: Maggie 'champion of liberty'

US President Barack Obama has led global tributes to Lady Thatcher, saying the "world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty".

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Clinton: Thatcher understood the special relationship

Former US President Bill Clinton said: "I was saddened to learn of the death of Lady Margaret Thatcher. The United Kingdom has lost its first woman Prime Minister, an iconic stateswoman, and a fearless leader.

"The United States has lost one of its dearest friends and most valued allies.

Former US President Bill Clinton Credit: Orlando Sentinel/ABACA

"Lady Thatcher understood that the special relationship which has long united our two nations is an indispensable foundation for peace and prosperity. Our strong partnership today is part of her legacy.

"Like so many others, I respected the conviction and self-determination she displayed throughout her remarkable life as she broke barriers, defied expectations, and led her country.

"Hillary, Chelsea, and I extend our condolences to her family and to the people of the United Kingdom."

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