Donald Trump’s wrecking crew: A cabinet of zealots who yearn to destroy their own agencies

In one sense, it’s nothing new. At least since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, Republican presidents have appointed people to head government agencies whose mission or even existence they opposed. But Donald Trump is doing this on a scale never seen before, across multiple fronts, with massive, well-funded advocacy structures positioned to support his undermining agenda.

With appointments like Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Andy Puzder as labor secretary, Tom Price as secretary of health and human services, Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Betsy DeVos as secretary of education and Rick Perry as energy secretary, Trump has advanced a whole phalanx of nominees who appear more committed to undermining the departments and agencies they head — if not dismantling or destroying them — than to fulfilling their lawfully-defined roles.

– Salon