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Trump takes in eclipse from White House

The Hill logo The Hill 8/21/2017 Jordan Fabian

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump viewed Monday's once-in-a-generation solar eclipse from the White House.

The couple stood with their son, Barron, on the Blue Room Balcony - while wearing special protective glasses - to take in the eclipse as it made its way through the Washington area.

Trump took off the glasses momentarily, gestured to a large crowd of aides standing below on the South Lawn and pointed to the sky. One of the staffers shouted "don't look."

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A couple of minutes later, Trump, with his glasses back on, looked up and watched the eclipse for around a minute and a half.

The president was joined by a number of top officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, trade representative Robert Lighthizer and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.On Twitter, all anyone wanted to do for a few moments was talk about Trump looking directly into the eclipse without protective glasses.

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