House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the US President Donald Trump should not “fuel the flame” and instead focus on “unifying our country.”

Iran PressAmerica: Pelosi told ABC’s "This Week" that past Democratic and Republican presidents have been a "unifying force" in the US and brought "dignity to the office." 

"They have seen their responsibility to be the president of the United States, to unify our country and not to fuel the flame," she said.

She contrasted this with Trump’s rhetoric, saying his tweets act as 'bait' to distract the public from the issues at the root of the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. 

"I think to take his bait time and time again is just a gift to him because he always wants to divert attention from what the cause of the response was," she added. 

Pelosi responded to a question about Trump tweeting that 'looting leads to shooting by saying she isn’t "paying too much attention to what the president says."