Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ivanka Trump tweets ‘Chinese proverb’ that doesn’t actually exist


The President's daughter and advisor posted the proverb on Twitter as her father geared up for the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The news channel for Sina, the company behind China's largest Twitter-like platform Weibo, wrote on their account: 'Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is.

Pinning the tweet to the top of her page, she wrote: 'Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb'.

Actual Chinese netizens debated the possible Chinese source, if any, of Trump's tweet.

On social media site Weibo, some quoted similar sayings that are popular in China, such as: " Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game".

Internet users are saying Ivanka Trump would be wise to double check online quotes after she shared an apparently fake "Chinese proverb".

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"Did you get that from a fortune cookie?" another netizen asked.

They also offered some snarky commentary, including one person who said, "Don't mistake something as a Chinese proverb simply because it's written in Chinese characters".

On Tuesday, after Trump and Kim met at the hotel in Singapore and shook hands before sitting down for a one-on-one meeting, Ivanka tweeted a simple collage of the iconic handshake between the two leaders.

It's not the first time she has incorrectly described a quotation as Chinese. In fact, no one quite knows where it comes from, and it is often attributed to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, but there is no evidence supporting that either. Since then, the quote has gone through a number of variations and attributions.

According to the website, a Chicago periodical in 1903 published an article that read in part, "Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: 'It can't be done, ' are always being interrupted by somebody doing it".

"Why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"

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