First daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump tweeted a "Chinese proverb" on Tuesday ahead of the landmark meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. 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".
She wrote on Monday: "Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it", attributing the phrase simply as "Chinese Proverb".
Ivanka is idolized by many people in China, where she is referred to by the Chinese characters 伊万卡 - pronounced "Yi Wan Ka" - and even described as a "goddess".
One person wrote: 'Ummm that's not a Chinese proverb.
The quote that Ivanka Trump used is also raising a few eyebrows in and of itself. Others suggested, "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game", "Don't force others to do things you don't want to do yourself" and "It's better to knit a fishnet instead of standing by the river and hoping for fish".
"Some said, 'maybe Ivanka saw it on a fortune cookie, ' which despite the name isn't of Chinese origin either".
In China, where Twitter is blocked, screenshots of Ivanka's saying circulated on the social media site Weibo.
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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.
'Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is.
But experts and fellow Twitter users were quick to point out that the quote was misattributed.
Actual Chinese netizens debated the possible Chinese source, if any, of Trump's tweet. In 2013, she posted to Twitter the quote, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life". Once again, Chinese Twitter users were sent perusing through their own cultural tomes to no avail.
Clearly alluding to President Trump's critics, Ivanka may have thought she was being quite profound with her choice of quote.