Newly confirmed Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, met with staff at the State Department for the first time on Thursday, and addressed hundreds of officials in a speech that called for unity and understanding.

Tillerson, the former chairman of Exxon Mobil, was met with applause as he arrived over an hour late for his introduction – a delay caused by an extended national prayer breakfast he attended that morning with President Donald Trump.

“At this year’s prayer breakfast people felt the need to pray a little longer,” Tillerson joked with the crowd, before adding, “Hi, I’m the new guy.”

The audience laughed at Tillerson’s lighthearted introduction and he promptly thanked them for providing “such a warm reception.”