Friday, 19 October, 2018

China is Baffled by Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese Proverb' Tweet

Ivanka Trump daughter of President Donald Trump China stumped by Ivanka Trump's'Chinese proverb
Kenny Thornton | 14 June, 2018, 19:01

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.

But members of the popular Chinese social network Weibo couldn't determine what proverb she was quoting.

"'Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb", the first daughter wrote in a tweet that quickly went viral for apparently being fake.

In just a matter of hours, her tweet was liked by tens of thousands of people, but many were left confused as to why she thought the proverb was Chinese.

Eventually, the Global Times actually sourced the quote to a 1903 news article, declaring that "the phrase quoted by Ivanka has actually no relation to China".

One of the users also tweeted, "It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is", and while yet another user's post read, "She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express", AFP reported.

Meanwhile, author John Blaydes attributed the quote directly to George Bernard Shaw via his book "The Educator's Book of Quotes".

But seconds later, the social media community started to point out there was little evidence to suggest the saying originated in China, reports the New York Times.

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

In 2013 she posted on Twitter: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life".

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

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

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

"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.

The origins of the supposed "proverb" are hazy and, as it turns out, most certainly not Chinese. She frequently emphasizes her connection to China and Chinese culture and has also hired a Chinese-speaking nanny to tutor her daughter.

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