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Trump invites mockery as he looks directly at the sun during solar eclipse

NEWS DESK: If there is one rule with eclipses, it is just that you’re not supposed to look directly at the sun during them. Given his propensity to do exactly the opposite of what is required of him, US President Donald Trump did just that. Yes, he stared directly into the sun without wearing eye...

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 22, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 22, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

NEWS DESK: If there is one rule with eclipses, it is just that you’re not supposed to look directly at the sun during them. Given his propensity to do exactly the opposite of what is required of him, US President Donald Trump did just that. Yes, he stared directly into the sun without wearing eye protection. That, too, at the peak of the solar eclipse.

Not once. Not twice. He did it three times. Take a look:

From the White House pool report of the moment filed by the Guardian's Ben Jacobs says: "At approximately 2:39[pm], the President initially gesticulated to the crowd below and pointed at the sky. As he did so, one of the White House aides standing beneath the Blue Room Balcony shouted 'Don't look.'"

Trump did, eventually, put on protective eyewear – as did first lady Melania Trump.

This is what CNN wrote:

Just in case Trump is still President when the next solar eclipse comes in 2024 – it could happen! – here's a story he should read. Titled "Can you really go blind staring at a solar eclipse?", CNN's Ashley Strickland writes:

"The retina may translate light into an electrical impulse that the brain understands, but one thing it can't translate to your brain is pain. So even if you're excited about the eclipse and think one brief glimpse at the sun before it completely hides behind the moon is worth it – it's not. There's no internal trigger that is going to let you know that you've looked at the sun for too long. Any amount of looking at it is too long.

Even the smallest amount of exposure can cause blurry vision or temporary blindness. The problem is, you won't know whether it's temporary."

Remember, Mr President: "Any amount of looking is too long."

Naturally, Twitterati unleashed a barrage of jokes aimed at the US President.

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