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.
President Donald Trump took in the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony of the White House on Monday, even temporarily looking at the sun directly in spite of a shouted warning from an aide.
Donlad Trump then used sporting eclipse glasses — for only part of the viewing — and standing alongside Melania Trump and their son, Barron, Trump saw what was a partial eclipse in Washington, DC.
The partial eclipse started 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. The moon covered 81% of the sun at the eclipse’s peak in Washington.
In a moment, Trump looked at the eclipse without putting on the glasses, which may cause harm to eyes. With regard to a White House pool report, one of Trump’s aides shouted “Don’t look” when Trump came out and pointed at the sky.
Much of the nation concentrated on the event, the first total eclipse to cross the country in nearly a century. The path of totality, where the moon fully eclipsed the sun, stretched from Oregon to South Carolina, but much of the rest of the country could view at least a partial eclipse.