President Trump defied expert advice Monday by peering directly into the sun as the solar eclipse passed over Washington, DC.
Mr Trump watched the rare spectacle from the Blue Room Balcony at the White House - hundreds of miles away from the eclipse's path of totality - next to his wife Melania and son Barron.
Trump did eventually don his protective glasses to view the eclipse, but as NBC News footage shows, he looked straight at it again after taking them off.
On Monday, social media quickly filled with photos and GIFs of the president checking out the historic solar eclipse without proper protection. The Commander-In-Chief removed the protective glasses and gazed upward, squinting and even pointing at the thing he was told not to look at.More news: All Blacks humble Wallabies again
From a balcony at the White House, President Donald Trump did it his own way - marveling briefly a few times the astronomical phenomenon sans shades after using them for his initial viewing.
Washington had an approximate 80 percent eclipse.
The president will address the nation tonight at 9 p.m.
"Don't look", his aides reportedly shouted as the 71-year-old man stared directly into the sun.