Trump ignores pleas of ‘Don’t look!’ to stare directly at the sun

President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC) — The one rule of Monday’s total solar eclipse was not to look at it without special glasses.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, gestures at the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as they viewed the solar eclipse. (AP Andrew Harnik)

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.

“Don’t look,” an aide shouted from the crowd below, in a failed attempt to remind the president not to look directly at the sun.

Trump was joined on the balcony by his wife, first lady Melania Trump, and son Barron, and others.

Asked what he thought of the event by gathered reporters, Trump signaled his approval with a thumbs up gesture.

Meanwhile, across the country Americans donned eclipse-safe glasses while looking up at the sky.