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Fox & Friends' co-host has an odd explanation for how he accidentally donated to Trump

"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade said he unintentionally donated to the Trump campaign by purchasing Christmas ornaments from the campaign website. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Brian Kilmeade, a co-host on "Fox & Friends," recently found out he accidentally donated $600 to President Donald Trump's campaign -- and he has a rather unique explanation on how it happened, according to The Hill.

Kilmeade said he unwittingly donated the money to the Trump campaign while purchasing merchandise from the campaign website after the 2016 election.

"I had no idea that this would be considered a donation," Kilmeade said. "I'm looking for something cool and unique for Christmas for adults after the historic election."

How does that happen?

Kilmeade said he found out about the donation over the weekend when Fox News told him about it.

Federal Election Commission filings showed a $601.71 donation from Kilmeade to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. dated Jan. 20, 2017 —the day of Trump's inauguration.

Kilmeade said he bought some Christmas ornaments to give as gifts to some of his Trump-supporting friends.

"[The ornaments were] a little expensive in retrospect, but that was it," Kilmeade said. "I had no idea that would go to a campaign contribution."

The site asks customers for their occupation upon checkout, in compliance with federal law relating to political contributions, and notifies customers in the "Shipping & Returns" section that purchases on the campaign website are considered contributions to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee.

Kilmeade said he doesn't plan to pursue a refund, and wants people to know he wasn't trying to hide a secret contribution to the president.

"There's no secret, there's no 'ah ha' moment," Kilmeade said. "There's 'I bought ornaments two years ago before Christmas for people that like Donald Trump.'

"I have no interest in giving to any campaign about anything," Kilmeade said.

One last thing…
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