Donald Trump was spotted looking at the solar eclipse without his safety glasses, despite warnings from experts and his own daughter the practice was dangerous.
The US President stood on the White House balcony alongside members of his family to look at the spectacle, which swept across the United States on Monday.
Nasa warned stargazers before the event to wear protective goggles, but that did not stop Mr Trump briefly looking at the eclipse without the eyewear.
Just hours earlier, his daughter Ivanka took to Twitter warning Americans to “remember to wear your glasses”.
AIDE: You need to wear eclipse glasses.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 21, 2017
TRUMP: Did Obama wear them?
AIDE: Yes - it's a safety issue.
TRUMP: Then it's settled. No glasses. pic.twitter.com/gXQrDat96l
Shouts of “don’t look” could be heard from beneath the Blue Room Balcony as Mr Trump looked to the skies, which reportedly came from one of his aides.
Nasa had warned: “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.”
Some people took to social media to mock the US President for ignoring the expert advice.
Liam Gibb posted on Twitter: “Trump: I have the best eyes! No one has eyes like me! I don't need glasses #fakenews.”
An spoof account mockingly imitating the US President tweeted: “The same people that say don't look without special glasses also believe "climate change" is real. FAKE NEWS! I looked and I'm fine.”
Scientists: Don't look straight at sun during eclipse.— Dan Worthington (@danWorthington) August 21, 2017
Trump: Hold my glasses. pic.twitter.com/3MySTJYq4d
Millions of Americans watched in wonder as the solar eclipse swept America on Monday.
Tracking east over 90 minutes, the eclipse travelled across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina, before heading out over the Atlantic.