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Trump mentioned MS-13 members stabbing a 16-year-old girl in Maryland. That's not quite what happened.

Trump mentioned MS-13 members stabbing a 16-year-old girl in Maryland. That's not quite what happened.

As President Donald Trump addressed the nation to gather support for funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday night, he referenced a case in Maryland involving the brutality of MS-13 gang members — the type of criminals he said he wants to keep out of the country.

“In Maryland,” he said, “MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl.”

That didn’t exactly happen.

But there have been similar cases in Maryland that include elements of the scenario Trump depicted, as MS-13 members have committed assaults and killings — primarily in the...

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