Republican Congressman Condemns Trump Over Reports U.S. Bombed Own Munitions Storage Bunker in Syria

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois condemned President Donald Trump Wednesday night over reports that the U.S. had bombed an American munitions storage bunker at a base in Syria.

The airstrikes were reportedly conducted to prevent equipment from being seized by armed groups after U.S. troops were forced to abandon the location," according to CNN.

"Wow. We bombed our own base on purpose, because of the impulsive decision by @realDonaldTrump didn't leave time to evacuate the right way. Is this the America you grew up believing in?" Kinzinger tweeted, alongside an extract from a Wall Street Journal report.

U.S. Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), confirmed the airstrikes targeting the U.S. munitions storage bunker on Wednesday.

"On Oct. 16, after all Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache, and reduce the facility's military usefulness," he said in a statement.

The incident marks the first known instance of the U.S. having to destroy their own equipment, and was carried out after Trump executed his recent decision to withdraw troops out of areas in northern Syria. The airstrikes occurred at a U.S. military compound near the Turkish border. Before it was cleared out, the location had served as the headquarters for the de facto Defeat ISIS coalition. There were no other forces nearby at the time of the airstrikes, an unnamed U.S. defense official told CNN.

As Trump continued to face mounting bipartisan criticism over his Syria decision, the Democratic-led House voted 354-60 to oppose the current administration's troop pullback. The approved nonbinding resolution condemned the move, demanded Turkey end its military action in Syria and encouraged the Trump administration to come up with a solution for an "enduring defeat" of ISIS.

Despite fierce partisan disagreements over an ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump, even some of the president's usually reliable GOP allies have come out against his Syria decision. Senator Lindsey Graham criticized the move as one that will lead to the resurgence of ISIS and vowed that Trump will "be held accountable." Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the U.S. and Kurdish troops made "a terrific alliance."

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger attends the 2014 Global Leadership Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 22, 2014 in New York City. Kinzinger on Wednesday condemned President Donald Trump over reporters that the U.S. bombed it's own munitions storage bunker in Syria. Mike Pont/Getty

Trump reportedly doubled down on his Syria decision during a meeting with top lawmakers after the House vote on Wednesday. Following the meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that the president had a "meltdown." According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Trump also called Pelosi a "third-rate politician" at the roughly 45-minute White House meeting.

The president accused Pelosi of having an "unhinged meltdown" in a series of tweets on Wednesday evening, where he asserted that the "Do Nothing Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer stormed out of the Cabinet Room!"