George Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy

George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayGeorge Conway: We might have to impeach Trump again George Conway writes the Trump 'creed' in satirical op-ed George Conway: 'Verdict of history' will be on Romney's side MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states MORE, on Monday called out a group of Republicans for failing to mention President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE's name in their criticism of the White House's move to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria.

George Conway, a frequent and outspoken critic of the president, tweeted "#SayHisName" in separate posts directed at House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Trump under pressure to renew last nuke treaty with Russia House rejects GOP resolution condemning Pelosi for ripping up Trump's speech MORE (R-Wyo.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPeace Corps' sudden decision to leave China stirs blowback Lawmakers raise concerns over Russia's growing influence in Venezuela USDA takes heat as Democrats seek probe into trade aid MORE (R-Fla.), Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP climate plan faces pushback — from Republicans Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts House Republicans propose carbon capture and sequestration legislation MORE (R-Texas) and former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerMcConnell, Romney vie for influence over Trump's trial RNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (R-Tenn.).

He also praised Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOne lawmaker gets engaged, another married around Valentine's Day Trump commutes sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich in rash of clemency orders Pentagon exodus extends 'concerning,' 'baffling' trend of acting officials in key roles MORE (R-Ill.) for his willingness to directly condemn Trump on the issue, saying that "other Republicans should #SayHisName, just like this."

The comments from GOP lawmakers and Conway come amid the fallout from Trump's abrupt decision last week to remove troops from northern Syria ahead of a planned Turkish invasion. The forces deployed in northern Syria have been assisting the Kurdish YPG, which leads the Syrian Democratic Forces.


Turkey considers the Kurdish-led forces, which have proved to be the U.S.'s most effective allies in its fight against ISIS, to be a terrorist insurgency. 

Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperGraham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall Peace deal with US to be signed by months' end, Taliban says MORE confirmed on Sunday that roughly 1,000 troops would be removed from the region as part of a “deliberate withdrawal.”

Reports surfaced later that day that hundreds of supporters of ISIS escaped a Kurdish-established detention camp after Turkish airstrikes hit the area surrounding Ain Issa, a city about 35 miles from the Turkish border. 

Trump's decision to remove troops has drawn backlash from both sides of the aisle, with many voicing concerns that it could lead to a resurgence for ISIS in the region.

Cheney said Sunday that a "shameful disaster" was unfolding in Syria, stating that allowing ISIS prisoners to escape confinement is "endangering American security."

"I can see the appeal of argument that Syria isn’t somewhere we want to be anyway, so lets leave & let Erdogan & Kurds etc. figure it out," Rubio tweeted. "But our national security interests in Syria are much broader than just Turks & Kurds & on each one we are significantly worse off now."

Trump has meanwhile vigorously defended the move, arguing that the U.S. can no longer be involved in "endless" wars. He tweeted early Monday that "big sanctions" were coming Turkey's way in light of its military offensive northern Syria. 

He also suggested that Syrian Kurds targeted by Turkey may release some ISIS prisoners to get the U.S. involved in the conflict, prompting a strong rebuke from Kinzinger. 

"I thought you were going to defeat ISIS, that is why people voted for you. What changed?" he asked. "This is weakness. America is far more honorable than this."