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Pompeo checks off Taiwan talks and UAE F-35s from to-do list

Secretary of state plans seven-nation trip to spotlight Trump's achievements

An F-35 fighter jet pilot and crew prepare for a mission at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

NEW YORK -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress on Tuesday that the department has approved more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, widely seen as a reward to the Gulf nation for establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.

Pompeo also announced that Keith Krach, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, will lead a new bilateral economic dialogue with Taiwan on Nov. 20, adding to the list of recent actions by the administration to showcase American support for the island -- and one that is sure to anger China.

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