Ivanka Trump tweets ‘Chinese proverb’ that doesn’t actually exist

Ivanka Trump tweets ‘Chinese proverb’ that doesn’t actually exist

But criticism was more muted, with many people appearing more interested in helpfully trying to guess which actual Chinese idiom she might have meant to use.

Her tweet came on the eve of the day when her father, Donald Trump, met the North Korean leader at Capella Hotel in Singapore's Sentosa Island to hold talks, in a bid to resolve the decades-long nuclear stand-off between the two countries.

On social media site Weibo, some quoted similar sayings that are popular in China, such as: " Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game". Others pointed to more informal phrases that are popular in China, such as "If you can do it, do it; if you can't, shut up".

People on Twitter were a bit suspicious as to which Chinese proverb Trump was referring to ― and many doubted its existence at all.

"Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it", Ivanka tweeted Monday in the hours before her father's Singapore meeting with Kim.

Maybe next time, she will fact-check herself before she tweets - a lesson we all have to learn at some point.

Instagram  IvankaTrumpIvanka's father had been attending a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Instagram IvankaTrumpIvanka's father had been attending a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

It's not the first time Ivanka Trump has given China credit for an adage.

Ivanka Trump has been mocked after sharing a quote on Twitter.

They also offered some snarky commentary, including one person who said, "Don't mistake something as a Chinese proverb simply because it's written in Chinese characters".

The internet is awash in misattributed phrases and it can be hard to discern which phrases have a true connection to China's 5000-year-old culture.

The website Quote Investigator looked into this saying a few years ago and the earliest usage they could find was in 1903 in a Chicago periodical. Actually, the saying has been occasionally ascribed to the famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, though there's no evidence of him ever having used it.

William Kristol, a conservative pundit, joked that the White House, in the midst of a heated trade dispute with China, had given away a valuable American invention.

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