The president is preparing to shut the government down over the government shutdown, according to administration officials and a report from the New York Times.
The Times reported Friday that Trump and senior aides are preparing to put together a sweeping executive order to shut government operations.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The order would allow Trump to appoint an executive to shut federal agencies down without a vote of Congress.
The administration is preparing for a government shutdown in October over a law that allows states to opt out of Obamacare, and a shutdown in February over the budget cuts to agencies and programs.
The report from NYT said Trump and aides were considering several options, including using the power of executive order and the Congressional Review Act, to shut off government operations, including those within the U.S. and overseas.
The government shutdown has been a persistent point of contention in Trump’s first year in office.
Trump’s top adviser Steve Bannon is one of those officials who has publicly said he wants to shut all federal agencies, including the Justice Department.
The New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has also urged Trump to take this drastic action, which would likely require a two-thirds vote in the Senate.
A spokesperson for Bannon did not respond to The Hill’s request for clarification on the president’s strategy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.