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Ivanka Trump tweets 'fake' Chinese proverb that was actually American

14 June 2018

After President Donald Trump's landmark sit-down with notorious recluse North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss easing tensions between the two nations, the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, made a decision to take to Twitter to share a quote she attributed to the situation that she claimed to be of Chinese origin, but in actuality is not.

Weibo users who agreed it wasn't a Chinese proverb tried to guess what saying she may have been trying to reference.

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.

There's just one problem: this is most likely not a Chinese proverb.

Of course, Ms Trump is no stranger to Twitter controversies.

According to the BBC, one Weibo user wrote, "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game".

Users of Chinese microblogging website Weibo were left scratching their heads.

Rather than impressed by the tweet, however, users on China's social media sites were puzzled at whether this was a Chinese saying at all. According to the findings of Quote Investigator, it is often attributed to the Irish author George Bernard Shaw.

Ivanka Trump has been mocked by social media users in China after she shared a Chinese proverb that didn't turn out to be Chinese.

She quoted the tweet as having been said by Confucious, famous Chinese editor, philosopher, and politician when in reality the historical figure never had said anything remotely like that.

And it's all because of her Chinese proverb. "But why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"

The internet, predictably, has a lot to say about the tweet.

Arabella Kushner, her daughter, also became an online sensation in China by reciting Chinese poetry in a video shown to President Xi Jinping during Donald Trump's visit to Beijing a year ago.

A day later, even Ivanka Trump appeared to acknowledge the misattribution in a different tweet. She frequently emphasizes her connection to China and Chinese culture and has also hired a Chinese-speaking nanny to tutor her daughter.

Ivanka Trump tweets 'fake' Chinese proverb that was actually American