As vice president, President Biden came to the role with a deep well of experience, particularly on foreign policy.
Under Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris’s role is “more an apprentice position” than a Biden or Walter Mondale-like consigliere, according to Jack Lechelt, author of The Vice Presidency in Foreign Policy: From Mondale to Cheney.
There are signs, however, that Harris is carving out her own growing diplomatic role.
Harris’s early one-on-one with Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron of France, a traditional and significant ally, suggests that she’ll play an important role, said Joel Goldstein, author of The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden. “The relationship with France goes back to the Revolutionary War. And it’s a country that is obviously a key member of NATO and a key European ally.”
“They are not having her start off with a relatively insignificant country.”