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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. Photo: Nicholas Kamma/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump's threat to close the southern border is designed to "pressure everybody" on illegal migration, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" Monday evening.

Details: "I think the president’s definitely made increased awareness to the issue," Trump's son-in-law told host Laura Ingraham. "I think he’s weighing all the options." Ingraham asked Kushner if the goal of the strategy was to pressure Mexico. "No, I think it's to pressure everybody," he replied.

The backdrop: Kushner's language tempers the threats Trump made in a series of Twitter posts Friday to close the U.S.-Mexico border — or "large sections" of it — this week unless Mexico "immediately" stops "all illegal immigration."

The big picture: On the show, Kushner also discussed with Ingraham Trump’s 2020 strategy, the Mueller Report and the president’s prison reform work.

On the Mueller report, Kushner said he hoped for "cooler heads" over media coverage of the fallout from the investigation findings. "We're all on the same team," he said. "We're all here for America."

On the Russia investigations, Kushner said he would testify on Capitol Hill but dismissed the probes as "nonsense harassment investigations." He wished House Democrats luck in their investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

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A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.