White House Answers Online Petitions, Ducks Tax-Return Issue


After more than a year of silence, the Trump administration is beginning to address a backlog of petitions signed by Americans on the White House website.


But the White House is ducking a high-profile petition calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. That petition attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

The White House says the tax-return question “is not within the scope” of the government feedback tool. The White House says the president’s decision on this issue “does not address an action or policy of the Federal Government.”

The administration is addressing petitions on money for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, and one that’s requesting that U.S. change how it refers to the Sea of Japan.