The Presidency 17

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18. The framers feared that a president could be seduced by a foreign power to harm the country. To guard against such a possibility, the framers set out several constraints in the Constitution. These are detailed below:

Article 2, Section 2 says the President “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls …” but …

Article I, Section 8 reserves to Congress the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations…”

Moreover, the Emoluments Clause in Article I, Section 9, says, “… no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.” 

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