Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent some time in Aggieland Monday.

Pompeo delivered a lecture titled "Why Diplomacy Matters."

He discussed the role Aggies play in diplomacy around the world.

"I understand that this institution has sent more of its graduates into the military than any university, other than our military academies. It's because you all are tough. You're committed and you want to serve," said Pompeo. "Aggies have a long history in the military, but you also have a long history, serving America's diplomatic mission at the State Department, and I'd love that to continue."

Secretary Pompeo also took questions from students about immigration, sanctions and the importance of the U.S Department of State, explaining that not everything they do makes headlines.

"The work that we do is important for our soldiers. The soldiers need us and we need them. Neither diplomacy nor the military can succeed at delivering for presidents and for our country without the other," said Pompeo "When you see a catastrophe like you saw in Mozambique now a few weeks ago, it is almost always the case that a State Department officer from the United States that are among the first people that the government of that country turns to."

Following the lecture series, Secretary Pompeo joined the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets at the Quad on campus for a review ceremony.