Talking Points Memo reports:
President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday took a moment in the afternoon to observe the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States from one coast to the other since 1918.
White House pool reporter Ted Mann, from the Wall Street Journal, tweeted updates from the nation’s capital, which was not in the path of totality and saw a partial solar eclipse that peaked at 2:42 p.m ET.
Scientists warned during the lead-up to the eclipse that looking directly at the sun during the phenomenon could result in permanent eye damage, but according to Mann, Trump looked at the sun despite a shouted warning.
Trump did don glasses minutes later.
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) August 21, 2017
As he did this, someone in a crowd of aides below shouted “Don’t look.” pic.twitter.com/dtfSLEzcAZ
— Ted Mann (@TMannWSJ) August 21, 2017
Pres Trump gives the eclipse a thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/kSmkAynYp9
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 21, 2017
— Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) August 21, 2017
“President Donald Trump looked directly at a solar eclipse today” is objectively the stupidest sentence of all time
— Stefan Heck 💻🚽 (@boring_as_heck) August 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, August 21, 2017 — President Donald Trump looks directly into the solar eclipse. pic.twitter.com/UedUycAO4o
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) August 21, 2017
Waiting for the inevitable Politico piece detailing how Jared and Ivanka tried to privately lobby Trump not to stare at the sun. https://t.co/Lzf41Exdm0
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 21, 2017