Ivanka Trump tweets 'Chinese' proverb, confusing China

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

But some weren't as helpful, with one asking Ivanka if she found her quote via a fortune cookie.

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

President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday in Singapore.

One person wrote: 'Ummm that's not a Chinese proverb. Others suggested, "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game", "Don't force others to do things you don't want to do yourself" and "It's better to knit a fishnet instead of standing by the river and hoping for fish".

China's social media has been abuzz with debate over the origin of the quote, screenshots of which have been widely shared among users on mainland China since Tuesday.

"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".

But others mocked the first daughter, who once tapped a nanny to teach her daughter to speak Chinese, for seemingly mistaking the slogan for a proverb.

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?"


"Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is".

Upon further investigation, however, this quote doesn't actually appear to be a Chinese proverb at all.

"This not even remotely an actual Chinese proverb".

Bill Kristol, editor of the US political magazine the Weekly Standard, tweeted a guess that the phrase "seems in fact to be American from the turn of the 20th c. - which makes sense, since its spirit is can-do Americanism". "But why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"

According to Reuters, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump has been criticised for tweeting a "fake" Chinese proverb.

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

"And Twitter users in the know were quick to point out the misattribution". In 2013, she posted to Twitter the quote, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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