The Latest: Trump says John Kelly doing 'fantastic job'

The Latest: Trump says John Kelly doing 'fantastic job'

August 25th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Political

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stands in the door of Air Force One and watches President Donald Trump, as he arrives Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump, Republican Party (all times local):

6:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump says his new White House chief of staff John Kelly "is doing a fantastic job."

The president paid Kelly the compliment in an early morning tweet Friday.

"General John Kelly is doing a fantastic job as Chief of Staff," Trump said. "There is tremendous spirit and talent in the W.H. Don't believe the Fake News."

Kelly, a retired general, took over for former Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), who was ousted in a shakeup at the Executive Mansion earlier this summer.

Last week, chief strategist Steve Bannon was dismissed, and two others - Press Secretary Sean Spicer and White House communications director Anthony Scaramucc - were ousted earlier.

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3:39 a.m.

Fanning the flames of GOP discord, President Donald Trump is accusing Republican congressional leaders botching efforts to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt. "Could have been so easy-now a mess!" Trump tweeted.

The president's sharp words underscored the perilous state of play as Congress heads into the fall without a clear plan to take care of its most important piece of business: If it does not increase the nation's $19.9 trillion borrowing limit, the government could be unable to pay its bills, jarring financial markets and leading to other harsh consequences.

Trump unleashed his latest criticism of the GOP's congressional leadership in a series of morning tweets Thursday that also included a rebuke of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his inability to get the Senate to repeal the Obama health care law. The harsh posts were fresh evidence of the president's fraying relations with fellow Republicans just when the White House and Capitol Hill most need to be working in sync.

Associated Press writer Adam Beam in Louisville, Kentucky, contributed to this report.


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