The president has seen several weeks of poor media reports due to various factors out of his control. A pandemic and its devastating consequences on human life, coupled with a sliding economy, and a rift with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have tested the president’s capabilities to turn things around.
What seemed worrying during the past few weeks has lifted, said his allies. “This was his best week in months,” said John Fredericks, radio host and advisory board member of Trump 2020, reported the Washington Examiner.
The president’s stand on law and order, and his decision to cancel plans for the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, have boosted his popularity.
Holding CCP Virus briefings since July 21 have helped his image, as previously insiders were becoming concerned he wasn’t addressing the issue.
“Is he going to campaign on his handling of coronavirus?” asked one insider last week. “That is the sort of thing we need to know, and we just don’t.”
This week, the president has held three briefings, discussing his plan to open schools in the fall, and his decision to cancel the Jacksonville convention.
His answers to questions were more controlled, and he sidestepped any confrontation with reporters, avoiding those argumentative exchanges he seemed to enjoy previously.
Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, and Trump 2016 campaign chief, gave his advice for the president during an appearance on the John Fredericks Radio show in late June. “He’s the president of the United States,” he said. “He’s not a candidate. You act like president of the United States, you take action like the president of the United States, you govern like you are president of the United States, you are going to be re-elected,” he said.
Bannon complimented the president on his visit to the border wall in Arizona, and with his ability to create jobs and uphold law and order, and his understanding of issues with Chinese Communist Party, it will resonate with voters explained Bannon.
“We don’t need rallies,” he said. “We need the president five days a week out there doing those types of things, showing people he as president is the driver of action.”
This week, after a staff reshuffle where Bill Stepien, a veteran Republican operative, replaced Brad Parscale, one policy adviser said, “He hit the key pillars of trade, immigration, law and order, and China. All of it held together by China,” he said. “Much better.”
Doug Deason, one of the president’s major donors, is happy with the change in tactics and gives credit to the acting Director of the Domestic Policy Council Brooke Rollins, among others.
“I thought he was a little bit vindictive, and he’s backed off that,” he said of the president’s earlier tone. “He’s got a great team around with him,” Deason said. “When he listens to his team, he does well. When he listens to Brooke Rollins and Jared Kushner and Kellyanne Conway and Mike Pompeo, he does well. When he starts going off on his own, he doesn’t do so well.”