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".
The president's elder daughter fired off a celebratory message hours ahead of his historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Larry Herzberg, a professor of Chinese at Calvin College in MI, said Ivanka's tweet was "yet one more example of Americans ascribing a quote to the Chinese, often to Confucius, when they don't really know the origin of the saying".
Rather than impressed by the tweet, however, users on China's social media sites were puzzled at whether this was a Chinese saying at all.
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.
The quote also has been attributed to Irish author George Bernard Shaw.
Wendy's had a savage response to the IHOb name change
But IHOP executives feel the urge to change their image once again by changing their recognizable acronym to IHOB . IHOP's decision to rename itself IHOb , or the International House of Burgers , infuriated many customers .
'Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is.
The origins of the supposed "proverb" are hazy and, as it turns out, most certainly not Chinese.
"Why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"
Actual Chinese netizens debated the possible Chinese source, if any, of Trump's tweet.
It does, however, appear on a number of U.S. websites in lists of generic "inspirational quotes".
In 2013 she posted on Twitter: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life".
Ivanka and her family enjoy a huge fan following in China. Her six-year-old daughter, Arabella Kushner, became an online sensation by singing ballads in Mandarin and reciting Chinese poetry in a video that was shown to President Xi Jinping during Donald Trump's visit to Beijing last year. Once again, Chinese Twitter users were sent perusing through their own cultural tomes to no avail.
Ivanka is a popular figure in China, with many young women there seeing her as a symbol of elegance following the success of her clothing label.