Pelosi: I hope Trump will stop feeding 'red meat to his base'

Pelosi: I hope Trump will stop feeding 'red meat to his base'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Julián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Swalwell on impeachment: 'We're on that road' after Mueller report MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she hopes President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE will stop “feeding red meat to his base” and instead “bring people together.”

“It’s unfortunate. I think he was ill-advised, if advised at all, to go down this path,” Pelosi said on NBC's "Meet the Press," referencing Trump’s Friday criticism at an Alabama rally about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

Pelosi also said she hopes Trump will move away from exploiting race-related divisions in the United States.

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“I would hope that he would transition from that and understand that he has a different responsibility than feeding red meat to his base,” she said.

Pelosi was also asked if she has any reservations about working with Trump due to his recent comments.

"It's one issue at a time," she replied.

“As a leader, we have responsibility to try to find common ground, stand our ground where we can’t, but we have important challenges in our country that we have to address and if we can find that path, I think we should do that,” Pelosi said. 

Trump has taken heat this weekend for advocating that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now,'" Trump said to the crowd. "'He is fired.'"