With Trump, you have to see the Big Picture. This is a guy who looks at a vacant lot and imagines a skyscraper. Analyzing each decision in isolation leads to frustration.
So what does The Donald want to do?
1. Protect the nation.You have to divide appointments along those lines.
2. Fix the economy.
3. Downsize government.
To protect the nation, you bring in the experts. Thus you have the three generals heading the Defense and Homeland Security departments, and as his national security advisor. Mike Pompeo at CIA is a West Pointer. Trump told us last year he would ask the generals for a plan to beat terrorism. Boom. There they are.
To fix the economy, you bring in the experts. Thus you have the billionaire CEOs club: Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Linda McMahon, Andrew F. Puzder (maybe), and others to be named later.
To downsize government, you bring in the experts. Thus you have politicians: Dr. Price overseeing the replacement for Obamacare. Scott Pruitt comes in from Oklahoma to rein in the EPA. Elaine Chao at transportation.
Two non-politicians are also in that mix: Betsy DeVos to reform education. Dr. Carson to do the same at HUD.
And while Jeff Sessions is a politician, I don't think downsizing is what Trump has in mind for him as attorney general. He is going to be draining swamps.
Other appointments are not clear to me right now. Nikki Haley at the UN? Terry Branstad to China? Good people but their role will be clearer once we get a Secretary of State.
Trump is building a Team of Competents. They will be given wide latitude, but a short leash. That is how a well-trained, experienced, and disciplined CEO operates. You have to look beyond the nosegay and Tweetsto see what is obvious: Trump is good at running a wide-flung company.
Lewandowsky, Manafort, and Flynn's son were all let go when they hit a controversy. President Trump uses controversy as a tool, so he does not want any competition from his staff. Notice how Pence does a lot of stuff, quietly. He is the COO.
You can nitpick the choices, but look at the broad picture first. Trump wants people who know what the hell they are doing. He will assign them tasks and expect results.
It is called normal. The political press is not used to this stuff. They think he is crazy for doing things this way.
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