Say what? Ivanka's 'Chinese proverb' tweet puzzles China

"Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it", Ivanka tweeted Monday in the hours before her father's Singapore meeting with Kim.

In a Weibo post, the Global Times newspaper also traced the origins of Trump's phrase to a 1903 news article, and said: "The truth is that the phrase quoted by Ivanka has actually no relation to China". Seems like United States of America's first daughter Ivanka Trump is yet to be taught the fact and her latest tweet which quoted a "Chinese proverb" proved that. Only catch? Chinese Twitter users couldn't recognise the "proverb" as one of their own.

However, in true Trump family fashion, Ivanka Trump tried to brush off all criticism, going as far as making up a proverb.

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

Maybe she just saw it on a fortune cookie?

But it was reportedly panned on China's social network, Weibo, and may have actually been an early 20th-century saying.

A Canadian journalist tweeted a response to Trump, writing, "I see this quote has variously been attributed to Confucius and George Bernard Shaw, so shall we split the difference and say it was Churchill?"

"[My editor] really can't think of what exactly this proverb is".

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"One proverb from Ivanka has exhausted the brain cells of all Chinese internet users", a commenter admitted.

"To be fair, the Chinese language has hundreds and arguably thousands of times more proverbs and sayings than any other language", Herzberg said.

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

White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump arrives for the launch of first lady Melania Trump's "Be Best" initiative in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, May 7, 2018.

In 2013, she tweeted, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life" - incorrectly linking it to Chinese philosopher Confucius.

Twitter users were also quick to criticise the president's daughter.

Ivanka Trump has found herself the subject of Twitter mockery after misattributing a quote as an old "Chinese proverb".

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