Trump Initially Peeks at Eclipse Without Eye Protection

Muriel Hammond
August 22, 2017

Yep, as President Donald Trump watched the moon partially block the sun from the White House's Blue Room Balcony, he at one point threw caution to the wind and glanced at the sun sans eye protection.

Standing together on the Truman Balcony of the White House - while wearing their special-purpose solar "eclipse glasses" - the trio caught sight of the rare phenomenon as it made its way through Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon.

First Daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump was also preparing to watch the eclipse on Monday.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a White House aide was even heard yelling, "Don't look", at the President.


While the three had solar eclipse glasses, which protect your eyes as you stare directly at the sun, Trump initially looked up without eye protection. But unlike millions of Americans, he went against the much-repeated and often-emphasized advice of NASA, ophthamologists and moms everywhere and looked at the sun without glasses.

But despite warning from media outlets, scientists and others, the president looked directly into the sun for a brief second.

President Trump watched the solar eclipse from the White House on August 21. It began at 1:17 p.m. ET, peaked at 2:42 p.m., and was set to end at 4:01 p.m., The Washington Post reported.

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