Two days ago the NY Times had a fairly accurate and useful assessment of Trump's appointments. It’s one of the few times he NY Times has mostly been correct in reported on Trump. I say mostly because, unlike the Times, I fail to see the ideological conflict they see. Here is the NY Times report:
The president-elect also said on Saturday that he would nominate Mick Mulvaney, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — the group that led the takedown of John A. Boehner as speaker — to be his budget director. “He’s a tremendous talent, especially when it comes to numbers and budgets,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.
In Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Trump has chosen for the Office of Management and Budget a spending hard-liner to join an economic team that could be ideologically in conflict, setting up possible collisions during major policy-making meetings next year. [Here’s the latest list of Mr. Trump’s top appointments]
Seven men and one woman named by Mr. Trump to run vast government agencies share a common trait: If they are confirmed, their presence would seem intended to unnerve — and maybe even outright undermine — the bureaucracies they are about to lead.
Some of those chosen — 17 picks so far for federal agencies and five for the White House — are among the most radical selections of recent administrations.