There is a good interview by Josh Glancy in today's Sunday Times magazine, of the American author J D Vance.
Of particular interest are some of his quotes about Donald Trump.
"My fears thus far have been confirmed..... He understands the problems, but there's no evidence he's actually articulating a way out."
Glancy then paraphrases Vance "He points out that the president gained a lot of trust by telling people things no other politician would say".
There was also this on Trump's support base "They will give him a long leash, and judge him by whether their lives have got better in two to three years".
That seems the right way to judge a politician, certainly from a viewpoint in rust belt America - are you better off, or is the framework there for you to make yourself better off, than at the last election? In pressuring US companies to stay in America rather than decamping to Mexico, and reopening coalmines, Trump, as Vance says, does get it. If Steve Bannon stays in the White House (by no means a certainty) there is the prospect of focus on those issues remaining. If there is another plus point here, it is that whether Trump still articulates things other politicians do not, he will grasp the nettle of issues where western elites have failed. On FGM, his administration is already light years ahead of the UK, as shown here and here.
Vance does not really touch on Trump's approach to security issues. This is much harder to fathom. I have never seen how Shia Iran (the minority trend within Islam) can be viewed as an existential threat to the west. Yet Trump is working with a country which is an existential threat to the west, Saudi Arabia, to isolate Iran and Qatar. There may or may not be method in his madness. We shall see. In the long term the travel ban, should it be fully implemented, probably does make the US more secure, although as it does not include countries Trump is in bed with - Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to name three - it is a string vest.
I am not sure a President in a string vest can be re-elected. But as Vance points out, if people are better off when he stands for re-election than they were previously, he will be judged on that criteria.