'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 TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America 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 StephanopoulosSanders pushes back on doubts supporters will back Biden Sunday shows - Trump trade adviser knocks Obama, whistleblower, CDC Navarro says whistleblower 'deserted' in an 'American tragedy' 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt 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.