US experienced its last annual trade (goods) surplus in 1975.
In all, it cumulates to about $15 trillion more of stuff America bought versus what it sold to the rest of the world since 1975
Even when you throw in the $4 trillion surplus on the services account ( tourism, transportation, insurance, royalties and business services) during the same 43-year period, the deficit on current account with the rest of the world is still $11 trillion, and that's in then-year dollars.
Inflated to 2017 purchasing power, the balance with the rest of the world since 1975 is well larger than the current GDP of the US.
David Stockman 5 March 2018