It is not the first time the US President’s administration has fabricated such attacks.
Last month Trump’s advisor Kellyanne Conway attempted to justify the contentious travel ban by citing the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre - and then proceeded to blame the media for not covering it.
Trump said on Saturday: “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
Trump’s subsequent remarks made clear he was referring to European countries that had endured terrorist attacks in the past two years.
“You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world,” he said. “Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.”
Understandably, many were shocked at the dreadful news that Sweden had been attacked and were quick to share their condolences.
JK Rowling tweeted #MakeBiscuitDryAgain after someone said the biggest incident to happen in Sweden on Friday was that a horse was rescued from a well.
Many thought Ikea could be involved in the attack:
Horrifying images of the massacre were shared on social media:
This is not the first time the suspect has engaged in violence:
Sweden’s neighbour has taken precautions to ensure a similar attack does not happen there:
And police released this unsettling image of four people they wish to speak to in connection with the attack:
During Trump’s rally on Saturday he also adopted the mantra of Vote Leave, pointing to Brexit as an example of people “taking back control”.
He told a cheering crowd: “It’s a movement that is just sweeping... across our country, is sweeping, frankly, across the globe - look at Brexit.
“Look at Brexit. A much smaller example but is still something you can look to.
“People want to take back control of their countries and they want to take back control of their lives and the lives of their family.”