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

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)

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.


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.