President Trump’s 5-year-old granddaughter put her diplomacy skills to use Friday while singing and reciting poetry in Mandarin to Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan.
Arabella Kushner, daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, sang a popular Chinese folk song and recited Chinese poetry for the visiting president and his wife during their visit at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Arabella’s 3-year-old brother, Joseph Kushner, joined her in singing the traditional Chinese song “Mo Li Hua” (Jasmine Flower) and reciting the “Three Character Classic,” which is a Confucian classic text used to teach young children in China.
Additionally, Arabella recited poetry by Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) poet Li Bai.
Ivanka Trump captured her children’s performances on video and posted them to her social media accounts. “Very proud of Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan’s official visit to the US!” was the caption.
President Trump also shared the 50-second video in which Ivanka is heard telling Xi and Peng, “We want to make you feel at home.”
Arabella has used her Mandarin-speaking skills before, in what is thought to be the first family’s personal approach to establishing a positive relationship with China.
Ivanka and Arabella attended a party at the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. during Lunar New Year in February, where Arabella greeted Chinese ambassador Cui Tiankai and played with a traditional Chinese string puppet.
Ivanka posted a video on Instagram the next day of Arabella playing with the toy and singing the Chinese version of a ‘Happy New Year’ greeting.
“Arabella singing a song she learned for #ChineseNewYear,” Ivanka commented. “Wishing everyone an amazing year to come during these days of celebration.”
Chinese internet users have enjoyed Arabella’s performances — the videos have gone viral each time they have been posted.
A Chinese nanny began teaching Arabella Mandarin when the child was 16 months old.
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