Huh? China stumped by Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb'

Ivanka Trump tweets 'Chinese' proverb, confusing China

"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. "'Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' -Chinese Proverb", Ivanka posted on her Twitter account. A pseudo-Confucian version was fabricated in 1962 - perhaps explaining why Ms Trump believed it was a Chinese proverb.

Soon after the Chinese were on the case, American social media users had grabbed hold of this new meme with delight.

It may have originated in 1903 in "The Public" - a Chicago-based magazine - and evolved over the years, according to a 2015 article by Quote Investigator.

Ivanka's post appeared to be a jab at her father's critics as he prepared to meet Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

There was no agreement in the responses, although some people suggested Ivanka was alluding to a tale about a man who tried to dug up a mountain that he found in his way, according to the Telegraph.

Ivanka Trump has become the butt of jokes yet again after being accused of sharing a "fake Chinese proverb" on Twitter.

Immediately, thousands of users began to offer their suggestions as to what proverb the tweet might have been an attempt at quoting, but no one could verify its authenticity.

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"Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is".

The official account of Weibo's owner, the tech firm Sina, also was puzzled.

"'This not even remotely an actual Chinese proverb.' - Chinese Proverb", angryasianman tweeted.

As you would expect, Twitter users have jumped at the chance to mock the 36-year-old mother-of-three, with Chinese literature scholar Brendan O'Kane tweeting: "You can call any old sh*t a Chinese proverb on the internet".

One person wrote: 'She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express, ' while another added: 'It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is'. She then falsely attributed that saying to the Chinese philosopher Confucius.

"But why are Trump WH (White House) aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?" he quipped.

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