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e’re like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing, and that ends.” President Donald Trump made that statement after the meeting of the Group of 7 near Quebec City Saturday.

The president said that in reference to negative trade imbalances between the U.S. and many of our allies. The president commented on tariffs on American goods, which he said were “ridiculous” and “unacceptable” as he vowed to get rid of them.

The president, of course, was criticized by some of our allies for his remarks. Trump’s reaction was that the U.S.’s relationships with its allies are positive.

Trump has blamed past American presidents for trade deals that were not in the best interests of this country.

There are many Americans who applaud the president’s tough talk. That’s why he remains so popular with many people. The truth is our piggy bank has been robbed by many other countries. 

What galls many Americans is our foreign aid that we give to countries that hardly ever publicly say thanks. It’s taken a long time, but many Americans are fed up with the attitude of other countries toward us. Even by our “friends.”

We have never forgotten what we were told in one of the foreign countries we visited while on a newspaper study mission. We were traveling by bus and we passed over an intersection with multiple paved highways intersecting there. It was new and impressive. We asked our guide how they could afford such a project. “Oh, the United States paid for it,” he replied.

Our piggy bank has been robbed for too long!