President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and First Son Barron Trump, took in Monday’s solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House a short while ago.
At one point, when the President of the United States stepped outside, he looked up at the sky without wearing protective eyewear, which is something that NASA has warned against. You can check out his mistake in the photos below.
Unsurprisingly, several jokes about Trump’s decision to stare at the sun for a few seconds without proper eyewear have surfaced on Twitter.
“Scientist: Don’t look directly at the sun. Trump: Fake News,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Trump wants nothing to do with those wimpy protective glasses,” Barstool Sports tweeted.
Earlier this afternoon, USA Today reported that the First Family would head outside to view this once-in-a-lifetime event.
“From the White House, Trump will see the moon cover about 81% of the sun. The moon will be in the sun’s path starting around 1:17 p.m. and continue for the next two hours and 43 minutes. The best time to see the peak of the eclipse from the White House will be around 2:42 p.m. Trump will head to the balcony sometime after 2 p.m.”
Just around that time, the Trumps had a look at the event for a few minutes as expected. Mr. and Mrs. Trump and their son, Barron, put on their protective eyewear and stared up into the sky to see the sun covered up by the moon. You can see additional photos below.
Donald, Melania, and Barron were joined by Donald’s daughter, Ivanka, and a few others like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. You can see some of those photos below.