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Posted: August 21, 2017

Donald Trump looks at sun during solar eclipse, sans protective glasses

President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WASHINGTON —

President Donald Trump ignored the advice of optometrists and scientists nationwide Monday when he squinted to look up at the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse.

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The president and first lady Melania Trump took in the eclipse with their son, Barron, on the White House’s Truman Balcony. 

The trio wore protective glasses, though Trump took his pair off long enough to squint up at the sky.

“Don’t look,” a staffer shouted as Trump grimaced, pointing toward the sun above, The Hill reported.

NASA officials and doctors warned people in the run-up to Monday’s eclipse to wear certified eclipse-viewing glasses or to take other safety precautions. Those who viewed the eclipse without glasses ran the risk of damaging their vision, including possible blindness.

Although Trump only looked at the sun protection-free for a short period of time, it didn’t slip past social media users, who quickly shared their incredulity at the president’s decision.

See updates from the solar eclipse, as they happened:


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