He spends more time shmoozing and flattering everyone in every direction before delivering only the shallowest of explanations as to what is going on.

We react with impatience and frustration every time Pence gets in front of a microphone. He spends more time shmoozing and flattering everyone in every direction before delivering only the shallowest of explanations as to what is going on.

Retired four-star military general rips Mike Pence’s “revolting sycophancy” and “devotion” to Trump

 

Choose the Right Synonym for sycophant

PARASITE, SYCOPHANT, TOADY, LEECH, SPONGE mean a usually obsequious flatterer or self-seeker. PARASITE applies to one who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence or is useless to society. a jet-setter with an entourage of parasites.
SYCOPHANT adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation. a powerful prince surrounded by sycophants.
TOADY emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker. cultivated leaders of society and became their toady
LEECH stresses persistence in clinging to or bleeding another for one’s own advantage. a leech living off his family and friends
SPONGE stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger. a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout

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