Total Eclipse: Trump Peeked!

Aug 22, 2017, 00:53
Total Eclipse: Trump Peeked!

"The president and first lady have decided not to participate in this year's activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction", press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, adding that the president and Melania Trump "extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments".

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron look up at the partial solar eclipse from the balcony of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2017.

Total Eclipse: Trump Peeked!
Total Eclipse: Trump Peeked!

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. It is unclear if he looked directly at the sun. The moon covered 81% of the sun at the eclipse's peak in Washington.

There's no word from the White House about whether Trump suffered eye damage, but he appeared to look up for only a brief moment.

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In the lead-up to the total solar eclipse that just finished making its way across the entire country, Inverse and several other news outlets like it published countless stories that all tried to drive home the same point: don't look directly at the eclipse. 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.

Experts warned that viewing certain parts of the solar eclipse without protective eyewear could cause partial blindness or thermal injuries, when the heat of the light causes the cells in the back of the eye to fry.

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