Is Trump paying off the national debt?

March 31, 2016; Trump was interviewed by Bob Woodward.

Donald Trump: “We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt.”

Bob Woodward: “How long would that take?”

Trump: “I think I could do it fairly quickly, because of the fact the numbers…”

Woodward: “What’s fairly quickly?”

Trump: “Well, I would say over a period of eight years. And I’ll tell you why.”

Woodward: “Would you ever be open to tax increases as part of that, to solve the problem?”

Trump: “I don’t think I’ll need to. The power is trade. Our deals are so bad.”

Woodward: “That would be $2 trillion a year.”

Trump: “No, but I’m renegotiating all of our deals, Bob. The big trade deals that we’re doing so badly on. With China, $505 billion this year in trade. We’re losing with everybody.”

Trump has been in office almost two years.  Thus, we should be 1/4 of the way toward paying off the national debt.

So — how is he doing?  As of the end of 2018, Trump has ADDED $1.3 TRILLION to our national debt.

Added — not paid off.