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‘Don’t look!’ shouts staffer, as Trump gazes at eclipse

US president dons protective glasses after first looking up at sun without eyewear

US President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, on August 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, on August 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump squinted and pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to take in the solar eclipse at the White House.

The president was joined by wife Melania, son Barron and top aides Monday afternoon to view the spectacle from the portico overlooking the South Lawn. The White House originally said Trump would watch from the second-floor Truman balcony.

Shortly after walking outside, the president looked up at the sky, squinted and pointed upward.

“Don’t look,” one staffer yelled from the White House lawn.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wear protective glasses as they view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wear protective glasses as they view the solar eclipse, August 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump then donned the protective eyewear. Asked about the view, Trump gave a thumbs up.

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

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump look up at the partial solar eclipse from the balcony of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2017.(AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump look up at the partial solar eclipse from the balcony of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2017.(AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM)
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