A president undertaking a foreign trip is a risky prospect at the best of times since there's so much that can go wrong. But as Donald Trump leaves for Saudi Arabia on his first overseas trip, he's under the microscope more than ever.
The tour of the Middle East and Europe -- which also takes in Israel, Italy, and Belgium -- follows a week in which several revelations damaged the White House and the presidency more than perhaps any other in recent memory, putting Trump's future as commander-in-chief at risk as well as the job security of many White House officials.
One such official suggested that after losing Trump's faith in them, the overseas tour could prove their last chance to save their jobs.
"It's kind of do-or-die," one official told CNN, in reference to the stakes for both the staff and the president as they journey to Saudi Arabia.
Despite all the tumult at home in the wake of Trump firing FBI director James Comey and revelations he may have divulged classified material to Russian officials, Trump has to stay focused on foreign relations with dignitaries, according to former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
"He represents the United States, even if we are setting kind of a low bar for this trip -- if he doesn't make mistakes. I hope that there is not one single tweet about anything in the nine days he is gone," Albright told CNN's New Day.