It is a path that requires him to be who he is and what he stands for — the tell-it-like-it-is outsider whose appeal is fueled by taking on issues others fear and barely touch, a leader willing to fight like hell to make things work, and make things right.

Specifically, Trump needs to re-declare all-out war against the pandemic. COVID-19 is THE issue of our times. He should return to near-daily briefings to keep the public informed, regardless of the evidence of the day.

He should establish a “vaccine watch” where the efforts of all those working on a cure can be tracked and followed, day by day. It will provide a therapeutic shot-in-the-arm to everyone who remains hopeful yet fearful.

All such efforts would show how determined he is to tackle COVID-19 head-on. Churchill was right when he said, “success is not final, and failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” Short of this, every other legitimate achievement — from China and immigration to taxes and regulations — will pale in comparison.