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

George ConwayGeorge ConwayInfluential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one Lincoln Project forming 'transition advisory committee' amid calls to close The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats ready mammoth relief bill for 10-day sprint MORE, a conservative lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau? MORE, on Monday called out a group of Republicans for failing to mention President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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 CheneyOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE (R-Wyo.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate votes to repeal OCC 'true lender' rule MORE (R-Fla.), Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawCrenshaw makes first appearance at hearing since eye surgery Crenshaw 'hopeful' but not 'out of the woods' after eye surgery GOP Rep. Crenshaw to take leave due to eye surgery MORE (R-Texas) and former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.).

He also praised Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTrump critics push new direction for GOP Democrats fundraise off of vote to remove Cheney from GOP leadership Kinzinger on Cheney removal: History will call this 'low point of the Republican Party' 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: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech Trump's Navy secretary spent over M on travel during pandemic: report Court declines to dismiss Amazon challenge against JEDI decision 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."