WeChat Limits Driven By Trump's China Animus, Judge Told

Law360, San Francisco (September 17, 2020, 8:52 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump's impending restrictions on Chinese messaging app WeChat are motivated by his desire to "bring hatred on China" and bolster his reelection campaign, WeChat users told a California federal judge Thursday, urging her to freeze an executive order that the government contends is rooted in national security concerns.

The group of U.S. WeChat users are seeking a preliminary injunction of an executive order restricting U.S. usage of the app beginning Sept. 20. They told U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler during a remote video hearing Thursday that Trump's order violates their rights and aims to distract the public from the fact...

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