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