FP spoke and corresponded with a dozen diplomats based in Washington, D.C., and found a consistent theme: Pence’s office was often the go-to place for some foreign governments hoping to get their message across to the administration. “I would say that the level of knowledge was similar on these issues at the NSC and inside the VP’s office,” one European diplomat, who worked with the vice president’s office and the National Security Council on issues such as Iran and climate change, told FP. “But the latter seemed more eager/willing to engage with us and more likely to have an impact on policy.”
Diplomats have nothing but praise for the Vice President's office.
Pence’s staff, though small, has for some diplomats even eclipsed that at the State Department, whose head, Rex Tillerson, has an increasingly strained relationship with Trump. “His staff was amazing,” another European diplomat told FP of Pence. “His staff was super professional. In the whole administration, his office stands out. They were very informed. Sometimes more than the State Department.”