"'Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb", the first daughter wrote in a tweet that quickly went viral for apparently being fake. "Fake" Chinese proverb Ivanka where did u get this???", one user wrote, while another added: "This is not a real Chinese proverb but it's nice to know you can use google for fake quotes".
In just a matter of hours, her tweet was liked by tens of thousands of people, but many were left confused as to why she thought the proverb was Chinese.
Roberts' colleague Chen Gao, a senior Chinese language lecturer, also told The Independent: "Many Chinese started joking about their own Chinese language skills, because they can't think of any old sayings with the English equivalents", she said.
Ivanka's post appeared to be a jab at her father's critics as he prepared to meet Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Social media users offered similar quotes by Chinese President Xi Jinping - known for trumpeting the value of "practical work" over "empty talk" - while also suggesting fake sayings by famous Chinese author Lu Xun.
People on the popular Chinese social media platform Weibo attempted to come up with a list of real Chinese proverbs that might match what Trump was trying to say. Some said it could have been "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game".
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But some weren't as helpful, with one asking Ivanka if she found her quote via a fortune cookie.
Another said: 'It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is'.
Ivanka Trump's family has a lot of fans in China.
She also wrongly attributed a quote to Albert Einstein in July past year, writing: "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts".
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. "But why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"