Day after day, our government COVID-19 updates begin with self-aggrandizing statements by Mr. Trump and his petulant comments to the media. We are better served by the straight talk of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and Surgeon General Jerome Adams. I wonder how much human suffering and economic pain could have been avoided if Mr. Trump would have listened to the warnings given by the transition team rather than exhibit a vindictive desire to destroy the Obama legacy. More than three years in office should have been sufficient time to be better prepared.

Ted Granquist, Rochester