First, Donald Trump and Mike Pence went to Louisiana. In the midst of terrible devastation, while President Obama was on vacation and Hillary Clinton was fundraising, Team Trump went to Louisiana. They drew positive media exposure and looked Presidential.
Second, Trump went to Mexico and Hillary did not. I think the positives of the trip outweigh the negatives. The Mexican President’s refusal to contradict Trump on stage about whether they discussed the wall only made him look petty and meek afterwards. Trump’s speech this evening has, I think, done him no favors outside his base, but going to Mexico today worked.
Both Clinton and Trump are being graded on curves. Lest we forget, Clinton’s speech to the DNC was a mediocre affair, but the press thought it was great “for a Hillary Clinton speech.” For a Donald Trump event, the Mexico trip passed muster on the same curve.
The problem is consistency in the campaign. That must still be worked on and we are headed ever closer to Election Day.