First petitions to new White House site are all about Trump's finances

The peaceful transition of the U.S. presidency involves handing over the keys to the government's digital presence. And President Trump's team has already started renovating the White House webpage.

Among the changes is the administration's petition site, We the People. The old site listed dozens of petitions asking the president to do things like ban AR-15 assault rifles or stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Those petitions are all gone. But two new ones have already popped up: one asking Trump to release his tax returns and another asking him to put his assets in a blind trust.

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I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them. #failing@nytimes
Trump has already said how he'll use his "genius" to overhaul tax code: huge cuts for super wealthy, most of all himself. Always for himself
@realDonaldTrump you're the most exploitative of our tax code and least moralistic of any candidate for President. I'll give you that.
Donald Trump built numerous squandered businesses on the backs of taxpayers—and he hasn't even paid his fair share.
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You have to be one terrible businessman to lose $915,729,293 running A CASINO. #TrumpTaxes #NeverTrump
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes Dems were doing this, as they likely are again tonight. Man, how I love an October surprise.
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Worth pointing out that $916 million in 1995 is equivalent to $1.4 billion today #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes
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"You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns is you reporters, OK?" Trump said during a recent press conference.

Trump says he hasn't released his tax returns because they are under audit. For the record, that doesn't legally bar him from publishing them. As for the other petition, Trump has promised to hand his business holdings over to his sons. But that's not a blind trust.

In the past, any petition that got 100,000 signatures would get an official response from the White House. A successful petition might not compel Trump to release his tax returns, but it could show the level of public interest in the issue.

Trump's team has also replaced former President Barack Obama's policy pages on — including pages on climate change and civil rights — with Trump's priorities, like American energy production and law enforcement. All the content on the official White House Twitter, YouTube and other social media pages from the previous administration has been moved to archival accounts.

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