Tillerson Slams Biden: 'Show Me Your Results and I'll Tell You Your Commitment'

June 13, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday slammed a comment from former Vice President Joe Biden about how budgets reflect priorities.

"Don't tell me what you value; show me your budget and I'll tell you what you value," Biden had said. Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) mentioned Biden's quote during Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Tillerson.

Coons used the quote to reference the Trump administration's proposed funding cuts to the State Department's budget.

Tillerson said that results gauged values more than funding.

"Having the funds are certainly appreciated and needed, but then we have to be able to deliver working with other aid agencies and working with the situation on the ground to have the aid reach those most in need," he said.

Tillerson said in order to effectively solve international aid issues, the State Department must look at the results desired before calculating how much money is necessary to do so. He highlighted that it was irresponsible to just throw money at the problem.

"The statement that 'show me your funding and I'll show you your level of commitment,' I do not agree with. Funding does not equal results," Tillerson said. "Show me your results, and I'll tell you your commitment."

"What are the results, and then I'll tell you what I need to deliver on those results. Giving me a pot of money and suggesting that confirms our success and commitment is just simply—I have to take exception to that, I've never had that experience," he said.