Mike Pompeo Pacific News Minute: U.S. Secretaries of State, Defense On Pacific Tours By Neal Conan • Aug 7, 2019 Staff Sgt. B. Nicole Mejia / U.S. Army Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper are both visiting American allies in the Pacific. For Esper, it’s his first foreign trip since being confirmed as Secretary of Defense. US Blames Iran For Attacks On 2 Tankers Near Persian Gulf By Associated Press • Jun 13, 2019 Alex Brandon / AP WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. believes that Iran is responsible for attacks that damaged two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.