CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Charlottesville Monday night. He spoke to an audience at the University of Virginia about what happens inside negotiations on the world stage during an event sponsored by the UVA Center for Politics.

He had much to say about his time serving in the Trump administration and what he expects for the future of the country.

"The entire world is counting on us," said Pompeo.

Pompeo addressed the highlights of his time in office.

"As Secretary of State, you have the responsibility to issue passports to the American people. If yours is hung up, I'm sorry. I have nothing to do with it today," he joked.

But above all else, he stressed the importance of the United States has on the world stage.

"They watch our behaviors, they watch our cultural norms, and when they see America walking away from our traditions, the things that historically built this exceptional nation, they worry," said Pompeo.

He says countries around the world worry for America and want the U.S. to do well. They know what goes on here affects their people.

"If we get it wrong here, that it will reverberate throughout their own countries and their own people in ways that will leave them in even worse outcomes that we find ourselves in. The world is counting on you, young people. They are counting on the next generation of America to carry these traditional ideas forward," he said.

He says if the U.S. walked away from those traditional ideas, the U.S. wouldn't deliver.

"We knew we had this mission to collect exquisite intelligence for the president of the United States so that he could make the best decisions," added Pompeo.

He briefly touched on the scrutiny to which the Trump Administration was subjected.

"I think if you look at the body of work that was delivered for the American people for four years, these are all things that left you in just a little bit better place," he said.

Pompeo is hopeful for the future of the United States.

"I am confident because of people like you, our nation will get another 250 great years," he said.

Before being appointed by Trump, Pompeo was the Director of the CIA and was elected to four terms in Congress representing the fourth district of Kansas.