The Obama administration may be prepared to scold Russian president Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis, but it doesn't want to cross Justin Bieber fans.
The White House isn't commenting on an Internet petition urging the U-S to revoke the Canadian teen idol's green card.
Some 275-thousand people have signed the petition, which is more than required to merit an official response through the White House's "We the People'' program.
The petitioners call Bieber reckless.
The singer faces an assault charge in Toronto and charges including drunk driving Florida.
He's pleaded not guilty to charges in the Florida case and his Canadian lawyer has said there are independent witnesses who maintain he wasn't engaged in any wrongdoing in the Toronto case.
His public behaviour has been criticized a number of times in the past couple of years.
But the White House says it's falling back on a caveat that lets it decline to address certain petitions.