The first seven months of Donald Trump's presidency seemed like an endless storm that brought scandals, endless controversy and unprecedented hostility that no one would have ever thought they would have gotten a break from at all. However, as the August recess started drawing closer, Washington began to show that it had had enough and began to draw lines.

Delaying recess for Republicans

During the first several months of Trump's presidency, congressional Republicans did what they could to get rid of Obamacare, otherwise referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but failed repeatedly. With each failure, the #trump administration targeted Republicans through bullying, intimidation and blackmail to get them to try again.

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At one point, #President Trump had Senate Republicans come to the #White House where he urged them to not take the August recess until they killed the ACA.

But it was obvious to Congress and Americans who had been watching the political play-by-play that Republicans were no longer going to let President Trump lead the way to health care reform. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the only one to signal his Republicans to keep working for an extra week before leaving for the August break. But with House Republicans not being confined to that schedule, they left Washington a week before the Senate thus leaving a hole of inactivity. The Senate Republicans then had an entire week they had originally thought they would spend perhaps rejoicing of killing the ACA but their will to do so was deflated.

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In fact, they could have just left along with House Republicans after suffering those humiliating defeats.

Steering Trump White House in new direction

Overall, they didn't listen to Trump and it would appear that they no longer would and went ahead and took their break. This, of course, left the President to attack those lawmakers via Twitter, but a major purge took place in the White House in the weeks before the August recess that could upend the administration anyway. The shake-up could possibly throw the Trump administration into a new and more organized direction that could also seize control of the President's compulsive trolling on Twitter.

With further development of Robert Mueller's criminal investigation on Trump came reports that the White House was preparing their attack against the Special Prosecutor. But this caused a member of the legal team, Mark Corallo to leave over disagreement of attacking Mueller. Then came the profane "street-fighter" Anthony Scaramucci which triggered the resignation of Trump's first Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

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Following that, a week later came the firing of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who was replaced by Gen. John Kelly.

Kelly would start the week before Trump's 17-day vacation by firing Scaramucci, then empowering National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster to fire three Steve Bannon loyalists on the same day. With everything at a stand-still for at least a couple of weeks, it's obvious that by the end of the year, Trump will have been forced to return the White House to normalcy and Congress to either continue to enforce his agenda or return to order as well.