Of the $31 trillion we now have as the national debt, I find it interesting that $7.8 trillion of it was an increase from the Trump years. His was the third biggest increase; the other two belonged to George W. (who faced two foreign conflicts) and Lincoln (who faced a civil war.) The principal drivers of Trump's bulge were from his 2017 tax cut for the wealthy and the requisite bump from the country's need to deal with Covid-19.
Just a note to put between the pages, that's all.
Another note is this: We owe Japan $1.1 trillion; we owe China $859 billion; we owe the U.K. $668 billion; we owe Belgium (believe it or not) $331 billion; and Luxembourg (yeah. Luxembourg) $318 billion. SO... China will have to stand in line behind Japan before they can plant a flag on the White House. (Information here is current as of January 2023.)
BOTTOM LINE: You owe a billion dollars here, fifty billion dollars there. After a while, it starts adding up to real money!
P.S. This is WAY more money than I make in a year.