Yeah, but he should've been better prepared for these questions.The other choice is pulling a Biden and hiding. That's simply not an option for him, he's the incumbent President: he is expected to show his face and speak as the executive of the state. It would be pure weakness to just not show his face and speak with people, especially with how things are currently.
Trump has an annoying tendency to fall back on his strongest bullet points instead of answering specific questions. Someone's asking about Covid? Brag about how he shut down travel from China and Europe. Another Covid question? Mention the travel bans again!
The problem isn't the talking point itself, he's right to treat that as a good call. The problem is it gets repetitive and looks like avoiding specific details in these questions.
The Woodward interview is a good example. He needed to explain the difference between causing fear and leading in action, and tonight he tried: "I played down the danger, but I played it up in actions". But taking that stance requires several additional answers to get people to believe it--did you ever lie about risks? How can we trust public pronouncements if you're making those calls? Did your verbal downplaying counteract the actions you undertook, since they required public adherence? What about your supporters who listened to your words more than your actions?
Those are trap questions, to an extent, but you have to have a full answer to them. I don't think Trump fully pulled it off enough to overcome the media's "margin of distortion".
Anyone already voting for Trump would be satisfied with his performance. But if you're one of the voters with Covid at the top of your list of concerns, this doesn't look great.