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Asked by CNN's Van Jones what his personal advice has been to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Jamal Khashoggi situation, White House adviser Jared Kushner answered: "Just to be transparent. To be fully transparent. The world is watching."

Why it matters: Kushner's close relationship with the crown prince has come under scrutiny amid the fallout over Khashoggi's death in a Saudi consulate. In his first public comments since the crisis unfolded, Kushner insisted that the administration is still in the "fact-finding phase" and will determine how to proceed once all the information has been gathered. He suggested that the U.S.-Saudi alliance would outlast the current crisis, however, saying, “We have to be able to work with our allies, and Saudi Arabia has been a very strong ally” on Iran and counterterrorism.

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.