'Fox & Friends' co-host Kilmeade: Trump needs to 'clarify' comments on accepting foreign campaign intelligence

“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE to “clarify” his remarks about accepting damaging information about a political opponent from a foreign actor.

“Nothing’s free in the world. You don’t want a foreign government or foreign entity giving you information because they will want something back. If anybody knows that, it is the president. There is no free lunch,” Kilmeade said. “If someone gives information, they want influence.”

“I think the president has to clarify that. I’m glad he is coming on tomorrow. He opened himself wide up to attacks,” he continued.

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During an interview with ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosWhile Klobuchar surges, Warren flounders The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders, Buttigieg do battle in New Hampshire Democrats ramp up attacks on opponents in final pitch before New Hampshire MORE first broadcast on Wednesday, Trump said "you might want to listen" if a foreign actor reached out with potentially damaging information about a political opponent.

He rejected the idea that he'd call the FBI, which FBI Director Christopher Wray has said is the thing he'd advise candidates to do in such a situation.

"I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening," Trump told Stephanopoulos. "It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI."

When Stephanopoulos noted Wray's remarks, Trump said: "The FBI director is wrong."

Kilmeade in a discussion with the other hosts of the program invoked the hypothetical situation of China offering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad MORE.

“The president should say, ‘Hey, keep it. I got this because I don’t want to owe China or Russia something in return,’” Kilmeade said.