Monday 23 April 2018

Pictured: Donald Trump stares into solar eclipse without safety glasses, while aides shout 'don't look'

Experts say that looking at a solar eclipse without special eyeglasses could cause serious eye damage

U.S. President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse without his protective glasses on as he views the eclipse from the Truman balcony of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse without his protective glasses on as he views the eclipse from the Truman balcony of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, left, and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, center, wear protective glasses as they view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wears protective glasses as he views the solar eclipse with President Donald Trump, Monday, Aug, 21, 2017 at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Without his protective glasses on, U.S. President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, wear, protective glasses to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump puts on protective glasses to view the solar eclipse at the White House, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Alexandra Wilts

Donald Trump has been caught looking at the solar eclipse without safety glasses, despite all expert advice saying this practice is dangerous.

“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 wrote on a webpage discussing how to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely.

“The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as ‘eclipse glasses’ or  or hand-held solar viewers.”

But this didn't stop the US President, who has a reported tendency to act against the advice of his aides, from sneaking a peak after taking off his protective glasses. He squinted as he briefly looked up at the sun.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump watch the solar eclipse from the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump watch the solar eclipse from the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Mr Trump watched the rare spectacle from the Blue Room Balcony at the White House – hundreds of miles away from the eclipse’s path of totality – next to his wife Melania and son Barron. 

According to the White House pool report, the President initially gesticulated to a crowd of administration staffers gathered below the balcony and pointed to the sky. As he did so, one of the White House aides standing beneath balcony shouted “don't look!”

Mr Trump’s apparent failure to heed advice against looking at the sun was immediately mocked on Twitter.

“Thought warnings about Sun were fake news…,” wrote Twitter user Devin Duke.

President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Tricia Fairness‏ joked, “‘My eyes are the best.  I have the best eyes. Nobody can see the eclipse like me. Believe me.’ - Trump on Eclipse 2017.”

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