Donald Trump looks directly at the sun during eclipse

Ambivalent response – President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump joined the rest of the country in experiencing the solar eclipse.

Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, took in the sight from the Truman balcony, which overlooks the South Lawn.

On Monday, social media quickly filled with photos and GIFs of the president checking out the historic solar eclipse without proper protection.

Trump did eventually don his protective glasses to view the eclipse, but as NBC News footage shows, he looked straight at it again after taking them off.




Solar glasses are a must for anyone who wants to view the eclipse.

There's no word from the White House about whether Trump suffered eye damage, but he appeared to look up for only a brief moment. In a New York Times article on August 3, Lear was quoted as saying that he would forgo the White House reception because, "This is a presidency that has chosen to neglect totally the arts and humanities - deliberately defund them - and that doesn't rest pleasantly with me".

Experts warned that viewing certain parts of the solar eclipse without protective eyewear could cause partial blindness or thermal injuries, when the heat of the light causes the cells in the back of the eye to fry. Almost 80 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon on Monday afternoon in Washington.

The president will address the nation tonight at 9 p.m.

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