Alexander: Trump will 'think twice' before engaging in conduct he was impeached for again

Alexander: Trump will 'think twice' before engaging in conduct he was impeached for again
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Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSticking points force stimulus package talks to spill into Sunday GOP drafting stimulus package without deal with Democrats Senate coronavirus stimulus talks spill into Saturday MORE (R-Tenn.) said on Sunday he believes that despite his certain acquittal this week, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE’s impeachment will dissuade him from conduct of the kind that led to the impeachment proceedings.

“Are you at all concerned, when you speak foreign interference, he does not believe he’s done anything wrong? That what happened here might encourage him to seek further interference?” NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddArkansas governor: 'I'd like to see a better way' to procure medical equipment US emergency room doctor dies after coronavirus symptoms Biden on quarantine timelines: 'Worst thing you can do is raise expectations and then watch them get dashed' MORE asked Alexander.

“I don’t think so, I hope not,” Alexander responded. “Enduring an impeachment is something that nobody should like. Even the president said he didn’t want that on his resume, I don’t blame him.”

“If a call like this gets you an impeachment, I would think he would think twice before he did it again,” Alexander added, referencing a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump tried to persuade Zelensky to investigate the Biden family.

“What example, in the life of Donald Trump, has he been chastened?” asked Todd.

“I haven’t studied his life that close, but like most people who survive to make it to the presidency, he’s sure of himself. But hopefully he’ll look at this and say ‘Okay, that was a mistake, I shouldn’t have done that, I shouldn’t have done it that way,’” Alexander said, saying Trump’s reelection campaign should instead emphasize his record on issues like the economy.

Alexander also that if Trump was concerned about possible corruption in Ukraine involving the Biden family, he should have discussed it with Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAppeals court sides with Trump on federal execution policy Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report Decentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response MORE.

“What president should have done is, if he was upset about what Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE and his son, what they were doing in Ukraine, he should have called the attorney general and told him that” Alexander, who last week cast a decisive vote against allowing new witnesses at the president’s impeachment trial, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

Asked why Trump did not take that step, Alexander responded “maybe he didn’t know to.”