Biden says 'no one' takes Trump's word on coronavirus

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE over the administration's coronavirus response. 

The New York Times reported Thursday that the administration is looking to tighten messaging over its coronavirus response by having government health officials and scientists coordinate statements and public appearances with Vice President Pence's office. 

Biden, in an interview with CNN, said the Trump administration should let the "experts speak."

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"No one takes the president’s word for these things. He at a minimum exaggerates everything, and the idea that he’s going to stand there and say 'everything’s fine, don’t worry?' Who’s going to believe that? Let the experts speak like we did in our administration," Biden said.

Officials told the Times that the vice president is not seeking to control what health experts and officials say but to make sure that all of the administration's efforts are coordinated and prevent confusing messaging. 

When asked about the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the American economy, Biden said he is “less concerned” about the economic consequences and more concerned about “whether or not we gain control of this,” saying that the Trump administration has “silenced” experts.   

“Let the experts take this over. Everyone will have more confidence. I think one of the reasons it’s falling is not just because of the pandemic concern but the way in which the president’s handling this,” Biden told CNN.

Stocks opened with another round of losses Friday morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank by more than 700 points at the start of Friday trading.