Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' tweet mystifies China

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump arrives prior to a joint news conference between U.S. President Donald Trump an Japan's Prime Minist

The daughter of the U.S. president used a Chinese proverb to extend support, saying, "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it- Chinese Proverb".

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

There was one problem with the Chinese proverb Ivanka Trump tweeted out this week - people think it's a knock-off.

The president's elder daughter fired off a celebratory message hours ahead of his historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. However, users on China's largest Twitter-like microblogging site, Weibo, took to the social media platform to point out that such a proverb didn't actually exist in their language.

"Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: 'It can't be done, ' are always being interrupted by somebody doing it", according to an article in the mag, the New York Times reported.

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.

The ridicule was present stateside, too, where conservative writer and ardent Trump critic Bill Kristol lambasted her over the proverb. "Some said, 'maybe Ivanka saw it on a fortune cookie, ' which despite the name isn't of Chinese origin either".

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This is not Ms Trump's first apparent misattribution to Chinese lore.

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts", she wrote, attributing the quote to Einstein, before quickly being informed by other Twitter users that this was not an Einstein quote.

"It sounds more legitimate and credible to pronounce a quote coming from the ancient civilization of China", he added.

"Three minutes of googling suggests this is a fake Chinese Proverb".

The website QuoteInvestigator.com, run by Garson O'Toole, found in 2015 that it may have originated in the United States in the early 1900s as a way of commenting on the innovation of the era.

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

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