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Trump celebrates solar eclipse by looking up without special viewing glasses

22 August 2017

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President Trump defied expert advice Monday by peering directly into the sun as the solar eclipse passed over Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on April 6. It is unclear if he looked directly at the sun.

Fortunately for Trump, he quickly looked away from the sun and used proper solar filters to look at the sun more in depth.

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This is the first total solar eclipse to sweep the United States from coast to coast in almost a century, although I Washington experienced about 80 per cent coverage of the sun.

President Trump watched the solar eclipse from the White House on August 21.

From a balcony at the White House, President Donald Trump did it his own way - marveling briefly a few times the astronomical phenomenon sans shades after using them for his initial viewing. It began at 1:17 p.m. ET, peaked at 2:42 p.m., and was set to end at 4:01 p.m., The Washington Post reported.

But at one point, Trump was seen looking directly up at the sun without wearing his protective glasses.

Trump celebrates solar eclipse by looking up without special viewing glasses