Donald Trump Looked Directly at the Eclipse, of Course

In a New York Times article on August 3, Lear was quoted as saying that he would forgo the White House reception because, "This is a presidency that has chosen to neglect totally the arts and humanities - deliberately defund them - and that doesn't rest pleasantly with me".

Then Trump put on special viewing glasses and watched for about 90 seconds. All five honourees are expected to attend a December 2 dinner and awards ceremony at the State Department, the Kennedy Center's chairman, David Rubenstein, and its president, Deborah Rutter, in a statement.

"That damage is typically irreversible, and there's no treatment for this", expert Sveta Kavali said in a Saint Louis University video cited by the Washington Post.

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According to NASA, "looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse ('totality'), when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality". The longer a person stares into the sun, the more damage that can be done to the eye.

However, Trump has never been one to fall in line.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on April 6. But remember that Trump has quite the genes: In 2015, his doctor wrote a letter saying that "if elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

  • Valerie Cook