Ivanka Trump’s ‘Chinese proverb’ tweet mystifies China

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US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump posted to Twitter this Monday, hours before Mr. Trump's face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Herzberg said that Trump is "not alone in" misattributing such a quote, saying "thousands of Americans" say that phrases are Chinese proverbs without any evidence for those claims.

Ivanka and her daughter, Arabella, are popular in China after videos of the 6-year-old singing in Mandarin and reciting ancient Chinese poetry have gone viral in the past.

Pinning the tweet to the top of her page, she wrote: 'Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb'.

In China, as Trump's tweet was shared and reposted, many natives were baffled, calling the workforce development aid out for her "fake proverb".

Another said: 'It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is'.

Ivanka Trump meets with South Korean president Moon Jae-In.

Some guessed that Trump referenced the quote "A true gentleman should keep silent while watching a chess game".

One user on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, said the saying originated from Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. However, users on China's largest Twitter-like microblogging site, Weibo, took to the social media platform to point out that such a proverb didn't actually exist in their language.

She quoted the tweet as having been said by Confucious, famous Chinese editor, philosopher, and politician when in reality the historical figure never had said anything remotely like that. Also working as Donald Trump's senior adviser, Ivanka has expressed her sheer fascination for Chinese culture frequently, which garnered her high following among young Chinese women. Once again, Chinese Twitter users were sent perusing through their own cultural tomes to no avail.

This is not Ms Trump's first apparent misattribution to Chinese lore.

On the internet, there are a number of other instances of the quote being described as a Chinese proverb.

"One proverb from Ivanka has exhausted the brain cells of all Chinese internet users", a commenter concluded.

And it's all because of her Chinese proverb.

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