Did President Trump just stare directly at the solar eclipse without glasses?

The First Family took time to witness the first solar eclipse since 1979 on Monday afternoon.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the nation's highest-profile events honoring performing artists, after some awardees threatened to boycott a pre-ceremony reception at the White House. Barron, in a white polo, wore his protective sunglasses too.

According to experts, looking directly at the sun could cause temporary or permanent eye damage. In a live video posted to the official White House YouTube channel, an aide can be heard yelling, "Don't look". He squinted as he briefly looked up at the sun.

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.

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.

He will give a speech on the United States' future in Afghanistan at 9 p.m. tonight, where he is expected to deploy 4,000 additional troops.

From Oregon to South Carolina, Americans are watching the moon blot out the midday sun for a magical couple of minutes in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history.

  • Joe Gonzales