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 criticism was more muted, with many people appearing more interested in helpfully trying to guess which actual Chinese idiom she might have meant to use.
In 2015, the Quote Investigator found that the saying also was published in a 1962 periodical with the words "Confucius say" - a popular format for jokes about proverbs not actually attributable to the Chinese philosopher, according to The Hill.
She wrote on Monday: "Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it", attributing the phrase simply as "Chinese Proverb".
There's just one problem: this is most likely not a Chinese proverb. -Chinese Proverb " Ivanka wrote in a tweet on Monday. Some said it could have been "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game".
Users of Chinese microblogging website Weibo were left scratching their heads. "Please help!" wrote the news channel affiliated with Weibo's parent company on its social-media account.
The quote also has been attributed to Irish author George Bernard Shaw.
Ronny Chieng, a correspondent on The Daily Show, tweeted, "This is NOT a Chinese idiom", and he's not the only one to call out Trump on her quote.
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"Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is".
But experts and fellow Twitter users were quick to point out that the quote was misattributed.
However, he added: 'But why are Trump WH (White House) aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?.
The internet, predictably, has a lot to say about the tweet.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with Ivanka Trump at far left, at dinner at Mar-a-Lago past year.
It's not the first time Ivanka has mistakenly attributed a saying to Chinese lore. 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".
Despite the controversy surrounding her misquotes, the president's daughter has shared quite an interest in China and Chinese culture for quite some time.