What Donald Trump needs to do to win the 2020 election

The Telegraph's Washington Correspondent Rozina Sabur breaks down the three main areas where Donald Trump needs to act if he hopes to be re-elected at the 2020 US Presidential election. In a year marked by a global pandemic, the ensuing economic downturn and racial tensions, the president has his work cut out for him during the campaign. Watch the video above to find what key challenges Mr Trump is facing. How can Donald Trump win the 2020 election? Handling the coronavirus pandemic The coronavirus is obviously the dominant theme of this election. The majority of Americans appear to think Mr Trump has botched the job of leading the country through the pandemic, with polls showing something like two thirds of voters disapprove of his handling. Mr Trump has been criticised for undercutting his own health officials' advice and offering mixed messaging on things like the importance of social distancing and wearing face masks. He previously suggested the virus threat would be gone by Easter, and did not wear a face mask in public until July. So with more than 170,000 American deaths from the virus, many people feel the president has been slow to respond to the challenge. However, public opinion could change if the number of new cases dramatically declines before November, and if a coronavirus vaccine is found soon. Mr Trump has launched what he's called "Operation Warpspeed" to fast track approval once a successful vaccine is found. Claiming victory on that could boost his approval ratings, and he has really pushed for one to become available before election day on November 3. Softening his image The one consistent theme throughout the Democratic Convention was that Joe Biden was the "empathy" candidate who understands the grief many Americans have suffered through the last few months. It was a powerful message - and the implicit undertone was that Mr Biden has the compassion that the president lacks.  The Biden campaign have really pushed this idea, highlighting the country's huge coronavirus death toll and emphasising that it occurred under Mr Trump's watch. It is a message that will resonate with many older voters in particular, with some polls suggesting the president is losing most support among voters aged over 65. Mr Trump has tried to counter this by highlighting his softer side, for instance during the Republican Convention which showed him sitting down with front line workers and lavishing them with praise for their hard work. The convention also included testimonials from the president's staff and family members - Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, gave an emotional address where she discussed getting a double mastectomy to avoid the risk of breast cancer and described how Mr Trump called her right after her surgery to check in. Lara Trump, who is Mr Trump's daughter-in-law, described how the family are"warm and caring" behind closed doors. Mr Trump is trying to show his more human side, but also defining himself as someone who has the strength and forcefulness to get the job done.  Read more: How popular is Donald Trump? Latest approval ratings Managing the economy Another key concern for Americans going into November's election is the economy. Before the pandemic, Mr Trump had planned to make the booming US economy a central theme to his re-election campaign. That has been complicated by the pandemic, and the huge unemployment spike that the country has seen since. The president's greatest political asset right now is that polls show he is more trusted than Mr Biden to lead America's economic recovery. The Biden campaign is trying to eat into this by linking Mr Trump's mismanagement of coronavirus to mismanagement of the economy. Their argument is that if Mr Trump had acted to contain the virus outbreak earlier, the US would have bounced back sooner and the economy would not be in such dire straits. Elections are traditionally defined in a big way by which candidate is most trusted to manage the economy. But in the midst of a global pandemic, with voters trusting Biden to handle the coronavirus, it remains to be seen just how much concerns about the economy inform how people vote. 

What Donald Trump needs to do to win the 2020 election

The Telegraph's Washington Correspondent Rozina Sabur breaks down the three main areas where Donald Trump needs to act if he hopes to be re-elected at the 2020 US Presidential election.

In a year marked by a global pandemic, the ensuing economic downturn and racial tensions, the president has his work cut out for him during the campaign.

Watch the video above to find what key challenges Mr Trump is facing.

How can Donald Trump win the 2020 election?

Handling the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus is obviously the dominant theme of this election. The majority of Americans appear to think Mr Trump has botched the job of leading the country through the pandemic, with polls showing something like two thirds of voters disapprove of his handling.

Mr Trump has been criticised for undercutting his own health officials' advice and offering mixed messaging on things like the importance of social distancing and wearing face masks. He previously suggested the virus threat would be gone by Easter, and did not wear a face mask in public until July.

So with more than 170,000 American deaths from the virus, many people feel the president has been slow to respond to the challenge. However, public opinion could change if the number of new cases dramatically declines before November, and if a coronavirus vaccine is found soon.

Mr Trump has launched what he's called "Operation Warpspeed" to fast track approval once a successful vaccine is found. Claiming victory on that could boost his approval ratings, and he has really pushed for one to become available before election day on November 3.

Softening his image

The one consistent theme throughout the Democratic Convention was that Joe Biden was the "empathy" candidate who understands the grief many Americans have suffered through the last few months. It was a powerful message - and the implicit undertone was that Mr Biden has the compassion that the president lacks. 

The Biden campaign have really pushed this idea, highlighting the country's huge coronavirus death toll and emphasising that it occurred under Mr Trump's watch. It is a message that will resonate with many older voters in particular, with some polls suggesting the president is losing most support among voters aged over 65.

Mr Trump has tried to counter this by highlighting his softer side, for instance during the Republican Convention which showed him sitting down with front line workers and lavishing them with praise for their hard work.

The convention also included testimonials from the president's staff and family members - Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, gave an emotional address where she discussed getting a double mastectomy to avoid the risk of breast cancer and described how Mr Trump called her right after her surgery to check in.

Lara Trump, who is Mr Trump's daughter-in-law, described how the family are"warm and caring" behind closed doors. Mr Trump is trying to show his more human side, but also defining himself as someone who has the strength and forcefulness to get the job done. 

Read more: How popular is Donald Trump? Latest approval ratings

Managing the economy

Another key concern for Americans going into November's election is the economy. Before the pandemic, Mr Trump had planned to make the booming US economy a central theme to his re-election campaign.

That has been complicated by the pandemic, and the huge unemployment spike that the country has seen since. The president's greatest political asset right now is that polls show he is more trusted than Mr Biden to lead America's economic recovery.

The Biden campaign is trying to eat into this by linking Mr Trump's mismanagement of coronavirus to mismanagement of the economy. Their argument is that if Mr Trump had acted to contain the virus outbreak earlier, the US would have bounced back sooner and the economy would not be in such dire straits.

Elections are traditionally defined in a big way by which candidate is most trusted to manage the economy. But in the midst of a global pandemic, with voters trusting Biden to handle the coronavirus, it remains to be seen just how much concerns about the economy inform how people vote.