"Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it."
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, his daughter
The quote, which is still pinned to the top of Trump’s Twitter profile, was attributed to a Chinese proverb, yet the social media reaction from China suggested the Chinese themselves were unaware of the quote's origin. Shanghaiist, a Shanghai media outlet, noted that the quote first emerged in a 1903 Chicago-based magazine, and was not, in fact, Chinese in origin.
The tweet was meant to showcase her support for her father and his administration ahead of the historic Trump-Kim Summit.
“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 11, 2018
The reaction was probably not what she intended: Trump's tweet was widely mocked on social media.
"All the Trumps are liars, cheats and crooks." -Chinese Proverb https://t.co/R5oJVyJ63w— Jenny Chinese Proverb Yang (@jennyyangtv) June 12, 2018
"Don't tear kids from their parents."— Zackary Berger, MD (@ZackBergerMDPhD) June 11, 2018
Others used the opportunity to criticize the administration.
Doing what?— BeSeriousUSA (@BeSeriousUSA) June 12, 2018
Destroying our alliances and doing Putin’s bidding?
Go back to stealing other designers work and producing crappy clothing and shoes.
On the other hand: Trump's supporters leaned into the quote, and used it to mock anyone criticizing the summit in the first place.
“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb— Christy Sandhoff (@ChristySandhoff) June 12, 2018