Leaving aside the specific politics of their answers, my overall impression was that Obama administration treated Whitehouse petitions more like a minor sideshow than anything else. Writing less than committal responses to ones that legally required a response, but not really using them as a tool of governance. Just to be clear, that's my personal impression and may not be supported by actual reality of what went on in the administration.

Did Donald Trump's administration indicate their opinion of whitehouse.gov petitions? Do they plan to take them seriously as input or indicator of public mood? Ignore? Aren't even aware of that thing?

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    The first test will be with the whitehouse.gov petitions. Following the Obama tradition, the site says a response will be given within 60 days to any petition that gets 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The first petition created on January 20 (Inauguration Day) asks for the immediate release of Trump's tax returns. It currently has over 546,000 signatures.
    – jalynn2
    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:49
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    @jalynn2 - I was under impression these two are the same thing actually. If not, whitehouse.gov (the one with SLA and rules) is the one I was meaning to ask about. Let me fix.
    – user4012
    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:50
  • @Walmart - youtube.com/watch?v=pWdd6_ZxX8c
    – user4012
    Feb 13, 2017 at 16:43
  • Can you include any research you did before asking?
    – user10303
    Mar 11, 2017 at 14:43
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    I'm not sure the comparison to Obama in the question is necessary; just asking about the Trump adminstration's intention would be enough. If the comparison should stay, it may be fairer to compare apples to apples here (ie Trump's intention vs Obama's intention or reality vs reality). My guess is it's probably the same for both (if they said something about petitions, it's probably positive, but it probably will not have major influences on the policies of either).
    – tim
    Dec 13, 2018 at 16:21

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The White House has resumed responding to petitions after the site was restored, following the revamp of the White House website.

Some of the petitions were answered, including

No concrete action has been taken on any petitions so far.

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    Am I the only one who feels that the response to the first one was copy/pasted from Stack Exchange stock comment? :)
    – user4012
    Dec 13, 2018 at 17:23
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    ... and the response to the second one is basically a stock Stack Exchange team's response on main Meta?
    – user4012
    Dec 13, 2018 at 17:24

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