In deep freeze: How Joe Biden’s staff is feeling the heat in Trump’s White House

TIGHTENING LAYS – Pete Simi, a former Biden aide, is playing a key role in defending the President’s nominees. He’ll be first in the door… Is he also the courtier? pic.twitter.com/7TfQkDvmMk — Zac Thompson…

In deep freeze: How Joe Biden’s staff is feeling the heat in Trump's White House

TIGHTENING LAYS – Pete Simi, a former Biden aide, is playing a key role in defending the President’s nominees. He’ll be first in the door… Is he also the courtier? pic.twitter.com/7TfQkDvmMk — Zac Thompson (@ZacThompsonDC) November 2, 2017

The grind of the White House press corps—a place where journalists often are greeted by a combination of exhausted administration hacks and excited careerists eager to portray themselves as friend and equal to the administration—is creating a tension within the new President’s team, according to friends of Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE).

“They’re frustrated with the pace of confirmations and non-confirmations,” a Democratic source close to Biden tells FOX411. “They’re really looking for ways to influence the administration to move faster.”

In many cases, it’s the former Biden-world: a mix of former staffers, Democratic officeholders, former and current Cabinet officials, and Biden family members—including a small group from Biden’s home state of Delaware who often number among the campaign’s earliest supporters.

None of them have had a high-profile role on the campaign or inauguration side.

“They went into the White House knowing there was not going to be the massive footprint [on the campaign] they had in the campaign,” the source says. “They’re more hands-on in the [Senate] and hoping to have a greater impact.”

The former staffers’ growing frustration was also heard in a Sept. 18 posting on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-RI) Facebook page, in which the senator says his office is routinely left “stuck at the bottom of the pile” as it seeks requests from Trump nominees.

Simi, a longtime Biden aide, is keeping people close to the Senate in the field as a White House liaison—and he’s on display in a photo the Biden campaign posted on social media recently:

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