President Trump made the same mistake that scientists had been warning against for weeks: He looked directly into the sun without wearing protective glasses.
As Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron emerged on the Balcony of the White House he put on the protective glasses, then took them off and stared up at the sun.
“As he did this, someone in a crowd of aides below shouted ‘Don’t look,’ ” according to the Wall Street Journal‘s Ted Mann, who posted a photo from the moment on Twitter.
Earlier on Monday, First Daughter Ivanka Trump reminded followers to wear protective glasses for the eclipse. She shared a video of herself wearing protective glasses before the event. She can be seen in the red dress to the side of the balcony in the video below.
“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. “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as ‘eclipse glasses.’ ”
Social media users had a field day over Trump’s moment in the sun.
Trump wasn’t the only one who looked at the sun sans glasses. A Twitter video of Odell Beckham Jr. showed the NFL star squinting into the sun during the eclipse.