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Trump Retweets Meme Of Himself As Eclipse (Photo)

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President Donald Trump has retweeted a meme depicting himself as an eclipse.

The president retweeted the image on Aug. 24, which portrayed him as a solar eclipse covering former President Barack Obama, ABC reports. "The best eclipse ever," reads the image's caption.

The tweet was originally posted by a user who describes himself in his bio as a "Proud Trump supporter and pushback against liberalism."

The retweet came after Trump posted a pair of tweets aiming criticism at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

"I requested that Mitch M & Paul R ties the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval," tweeted the president. "They didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy - now a mess!"

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After retweeting the eclipse meme, Trump tweeted to complain about the media, as well as elaborate on his criticism of McConnell.

"The Fake News is now complaining about my different types of back to back speeches," wrote Trump. "Well, there was Afghanistan (somber), the big Rally (enthusiastic, dynamic and fun) and the American Legion V.A. (respectful and strong). Too bad the Dems have no one who can change tones!"

"The only problem I have with Mitch McConnel is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!" Trump added. "That should NEVER have happened."

The president's retweet comes after a total solar eclipse made its way through the U.S., inspiring many people to come out to view the event with special eclipse glasses.

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The president, however, reportedly looked at the sun without glasses, as can be seen in a series of photos that inspired memes and jokes on social media, CNN reports.

While Trump used eclipse glasses for much of the eclipse, he reportedly looked up without eye protection, which experts strongly advise against as it can cause eye damage.

"At approximately 2:39, the President initially gesticulated to the crowd below and pointed at the sky," wrote reporter Ben Jacobs. "As he did so, one of the White House aides standing beneath the Bluj Room Balcony shouted, 'don't look.'"

Looking directly at an eclipse can cause permanent damage to the retina, wrote CNN's Ashley Strickland.

"The retina may translate light into an electrical impulse that the brain understands, but one thing it can't translate to your brain is pain," Strickland wrote. "So even if you're excited about the eclipse and think one brief glimpse at the sun before it completely hides behind the moon is worth it -- it's not."

"There's no internal trigger that is going to let you know that you've looked at the sun for too long. Any amount of looking at it is too long," added Strickland. "Even the smallest amount of exposure can cause blurry vision or temporary blindness. The problem is, you won't know whether it's temporary."

Sources: ABC, Donald Trump/Twitter, CNN / Featured Image: Jamie Holly/Flickr / Embedded Images: Jerry Travone/Twitter via ABC, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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