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

George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayFormer Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project George Conway group lines up body bags in ad hitting Trump on coronavirus deaths Overnight Defense: Trump to withdraw US from Open Skies Treaty | Pentagon drops ban on recruits who had virus | FBI says Corpus Christi shooting terror-related MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayFormer Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project Kellyanne Conway on voting by mail in 2018 midterms: 'That's called an absentee ballot' Kellyanne Conway: Trump's Twitter fact checks done by 'people who attack him all day long' MORE, on Monday called out a group of Republicans for failing to mention President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America 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 CheneyHillicon Valley: House FISA bill in jeopardy | Democrats drop controversial surveillance measure | GOP working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump ramps up attacks against Twitter The Hill's Coronavirus Report: National Portrait Gallery's Kim Sajet says this era rewiring people's relationship with culture, art; Trump's war with Twitter heats up MORE (R-Wyo.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump administration designates B of PPP funds for community lenders The Memo: Trump's Scarborough tweets unsettle his allies House passes bill that would sanction Chinese officials over Xinjiang camps MORE (R-Fla.), Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP lawmakers call for new sanctions on senior Chinese officials Michigan suspends license of barber who vowed to keep his shop open 'until Jesus comes' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Hurd says China engaged in global disinformation campaign; US unemployment highest since Great Depression MORE (R-Texas) and former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRomney is only GOP senator not on new White House coronavirus task force McConnell, 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' MORE (R-Tenn.).

He also praised Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: National Portrait Gallery's Kim Sajet says this era rewiring people's relationship with culture, art; Trump's war with Twitter heats up Cheney says Trump should stop tweeting Scarborough conspiracy Trump again tweets about Scarborough conspiracy, despite heavy criticism 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 EsperOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries No time to be selling arms to the Philippines Pentagon considers cutting coronavirus quarantines to 10 days 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."