Trump wants the US to shut off its most sensitive access to the White House for at least three months as he continues to pursue a plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
The president, who has promised to build the wall and is expected to sign a bill this week that would make it a law, has said the plan is necessary to stop drugs and crime, but has faced criticism from conservatives and Democrats for its potential to limit access to a major US city.
Republican lawmakers have repeatedly said the government should not have to shut down the city’s main entrance to the nation’s capital, a building that is also used by the military.
They have said it is not appropriate for the government to close the city to the public while Trump pursues a wall.
The US Supreme Court last week refused to review a lower court’s ruling that ordered the White Tower to be closed for at leat at least the next two weeks.
Trump has promised that he will close the White Wall in the capital by January, a date he has said he will not hold off on, but the president has also said the project will begin as soon as the court allows it.
The US Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Thursday, Trump signed a bill that would reduce security access to Trump Tower from the Pentagon’s West Point campus, the site of one of the nations first nuclear tests in 1954.
The White House has also been ordered to close several other sites, including the Lincoln Memorial, the White Houses East Room and the East Wing of the White Senate.