Trump's budget blueprint proposes cutting the State Department's budget by 28 percent. However, his budget is merely a proposal and Congress will have a large role in shaping government spending. Trump's proposed spending cuts will likely face an uphill battle in Congress, and several prominent Republicans have already spoken out against major cuts at the State Department.
Tillerson said on Thursday that he's ready to take on Trump's "challenge" to slash the budget at the State Department.
"I'm confident that with the input of the men and women of the State Department we are going to construct a way forward that allows us to be much more effective, much more efficient and be able to do a lot with fewer dollars," Tillerson said, per Reuters.