The Framers realized that a president running a business could be influenced by foreign governments, or other foreign “actors,” deciding to buy its wares (or finance its debt), and so they put the emoluments clause into the U.S. Constitution, so a president wouldn’t be tempted to weigh personal financial interests against the interests of the country. The Framers probably imagined that the clause would preclude a president from running a secretive business while in office.You would think! But no, apparently the Constitution isn’t entirely clear about this, and hundreds of years of legal opinion have not resolved it either. Who knew? Mr. Trump, that’s who. So, to remove the potential for high-level corruption, can we please have a law, Congress?