While Trump touted a trade deal between the rival nations, relations between Washington and Beijing soured last year over China's handling of the deadly coronavirus and its crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the government's new evidence did not change her opinion about the Tencent 0700.HK app. As it has with Chinese video app TikTok, the Justice Department has argued WeChat threatens national security.
WeChat, owned by Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, is popular among Chinese students, expats and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China. Most popular messaging apps in the United States, including Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and Telegram have been blocked in China.