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Trump watched part of the eclipse without viewing glasses

  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump viewed the total eclipse from a White House balcony.
  • Trump was spotted staring at the sun without viewing glasses.
  • An aide shouted, "Don't look," as Trump looked up without eye protection.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump joined the millions of Americans gazing skyward on Monday to witness the first U.S.-visible total eclipse in 99 years.

The president and first lady were both photographed wearing the ubiquitous cardboard sunglasses as they watched the eclipse from the White House balcony.

But at one point during the event, Trump was spotted looking up at the sun without any eye protection at all.

Without his protective glasses on, President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House in Washington, August 21, 2017.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
Without his protective glasses on, President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House in Washington, August 21, 2017.

Pundits and news watchers took notice, and quickly took to social media to offer their (mostly derisive) thoughts.

An aide shouted, "Don't look," as Trump squinted up at the sun with naked eyes, multiple sources reported.

The eclipse reached totality along a 70-mile-wide zone stretching diagonally across the United States. Hundreds of cities along the zone of totality braced for a deluge of tourists by selling millions of pairs of viewing glasses and jacking up hotel rates.