On MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” former first lady Nancy Reagan called in by phone to remember her husband’s colleague on the world stage, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died of a stroke on Monday.
Reagan told host Andrea Mitchell that Thatcher made a number of visits to the United States after the death of her husband, former President Ronald Reagan.
“There were lots of trips at that time — for the funeral, for the funeral in Washington and then out to California. I mean she did, she did everything, everything.”
She also spoke of how close the two were, noting the United States hosted two state dinners for Thatcher, at the beginning and at the end of the Reagan presidency.
“Oh, they did,” Reagan said. “They certainly did. From the very beginning, the first time they met. You know, she was the first state dinner that we had at the White House and the last state dinner was for her.”
And although the relationship was strong between Ronald Reagan and Thatcher, Nancy Reagan said she was close to former prime minister as well.
“I think people thought that she and I didn’t have a relationship,” Reagan said. “Nothing could be farther from the truth. We had a very special relationship. And of course, I loved it that she and Ronnie were as close as they were.”