Like many Americans across the country Monday, President Trump gazed at the first solar eclipse in a century to cross the continental United States, coast to coast.
Emerging with first lady Melania and son Barron on the Blue Room Balcony of the White House shortly before the eclipse reached its apex, Trump waved at the crowd and responded to a reporter’s question — “How’s the view?” — with a thumbs up, according to the White House pool.
Then he tilted his head upward and pointed up, prompting a White House aide standing beneath the balcony to shout “don’t look,” according to the White House press pool. It is unclear if he looked directly at the sun.
As Blaine Friedlander wrote in The Post, the first rule of enjoying the eclipse is to never look directly at the sun without eclipse glasses because it could damage the eyes, advice that Trump’s daughter Ivanka also gave her Twitter followers.
According to NASA, “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.”