Trump looked directly at the solar eclipse without shades


Shortly after Monday's eclipse, photos of the president appearing to stare up at the sun from a White House balcony circulated online, with many mocking Trump for not donning protective eyewear first. Barron, in a white polo, wore his protective sunglasses too.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a White House aide was even heard yelling, "Don't look", at the President. It is unclear if he looked directly at the sun.

Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, took in the sight from the Truman balcony, which overlooks the South Lawn. The next solar eclipse over the continent will be in 2024.

The trio walked out onto the Blue Room balcony just before 2:40 p.m., as the president gesticulated to the crowd below and looked up - directly at the sun - while pointing at the sky.

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The White House announced Saturday that the Trumps would not participate in the December 3 event in Washington, avoid "political distraction".

"Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse ("totality"), when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality", NASA explained on its website.

He will give a speech on the United States' future in Afghanistan at 9 p.m. tonight, where he is expected to deploy 4,000 additional troops.