“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday called on President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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.
During an interview with ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosCDC director urges Americans to go outside, 'enjoy your trick-or-treating' Rand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Fauci says vaccines could be available to kids in early November 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 ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Unanswered questions remain for Buttigieg, Biden on supply chain catastrophe 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.