“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it. ” -Chinese Proverb.” 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. Ivanka celebrated her father’s landmark meeting with the leader of North Korea, after decades of hostilities between the two countries by quoting what she called a Chinese proverb.
But, Ivanka’s quote quickly became an object of ridicule by critics in the United States for Mr. Trump and his presidency. Meanwhile in China, as Ivanka’s tweet was doing the rounds, many social media users were baffled, with some apparently calling it a “fake proverb.” Many Chinese informal phrases were also pointed towards Ivanka, such as “If you can do it, do it; if you can’t, shut up.”
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However, it is not the first time Ivanka Trump has incorrectly described a quotation as Chinese. In 2013, she posted on Twitter, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” attributing the quote to Confucius. But, experts mentioned the saying was not Chinese. In the United States, with its highly charged political atmosphere, Ivanka’s tweet drew more open mockery.