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

George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayGeorge Conway: 'If Barack Obama had done this' Republicans would be 'out for blood' George Conway to take part in MSNBC impeachment hearing coverage George Conway: Giuliani tweet 'by itself establishes' that Trump 'committed an impeachable offense' MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban George Conway: 'If Barack Obama had done this' Republicans would be 'out for blood' MORE, on Monday called out a group of Republicans for failing to mention President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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 CheneyLawmakers call for extra security for anti-Erdoğan protesters  Live updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite MORE (R-Wyo.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues MORE (R-Fla.), Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawLawmakers call for extra security for anti-Erdoğan protesters  Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising Texas investigating parental dispute into whether 7-year-old is transgender MORE (R-Texas) and former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing GOP senators frustrated with Romney jabs at Trump MORE (R-Tenn.).

He also praised Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHonoring service before self House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing 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 EsperTrump holds chummy meeting with Turkey's Erdoğan Overnight Defense: Pentagon says Syrian oil revenue going to Kurdish forces | GOP chair accuses Dems of using Space Force as leverage in wall fight | Dems drop plans to seek Bolton testimony Pentagon: Revenue from Syria oil fields going to Kurdish-led forces 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."