Democratic strategist David Axelrod on Wednesday cast President Trump's upcoming trip overseas as an opportunity for the president to flee the chaos and controversy that has consumed his administration in recent days.

"Usually people go to other countries to seek asylum," Axelrod, who served as senior adviser to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump's tariffs are a case of crony capitalism Obama to visit Kenya, South Africa for Obama Foundation in July Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE, said on CNN's "New Day." "It's like he's fleeing in asylum because the White House is completely out of control."

"So you do have a feeling that these things have now accumulated to a point of critical mass where you have a crisis of leadership here."


Trump is set to leave Friday on an eight day trip to five countries, including Belgium, the Vatican, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The White House is facing new controversies after a New York Times report on Tuesday revealed that Trump had asked recently fired FBI Director James Comey in February to shut down his bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The claim is only the most recent bombshell to roil the White House in the past eight days. Reports surfaced on Monday that Trump had revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting last week.

The news that Trump shared such intelligence with Russian officials came less than a week after he stirred controversy with his abrupt his decision to fire Comey.

In the ensuing days, the White House scrambled to explain Comey's termination, despite a number of inconsistencies and contradictions that emerged in their accounts of the circumstances leading to Trump's decision to fire him.