Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight'

At a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday night, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE lauded the cease-fire that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFive takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong Ousted ambassador describes State Department in 'crisis' in dramatic impeachment testimony MORE reached with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the same day.

"Sometimes you have to let them fight," Trump told supporters at the American Airlines Center, referring to Turkish and Kurdish forces. 

"Like two kids in a lot, then you pull them apart," Trump said.

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Trump continued, saying that after Turkish and Kurdish forces "fought for a few days," that "we went there and we said, ‘we want a pause.’"

Additionally, Trump referred to both sides as a "friend." Turkey is a fellow NATO ally of the U.S., and the Kurdish forces known as the YPG were vital in the fight against ISIS.

"President Erdoğan was a gentleman, he understood," Trump noted. "But without a little tough love … they would’ve never made this deal.”

The deal that was officially reached between the U.S. and Turkey creates a 120-hour, or five day, cease-fire. During this time, Kurdish forces are supposed to move out of Erdoğan's desired "safe zone" — where he wants to relocate the estimated two million Syrian refugees who are in Turkey.

In return, Trump said that he would lift the economic sanctions that he placed on Turkey earlier in the week.

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Trump also promised to recapture ISIS operatives and their families who reportedly escaped during the fighting between Turkey and the Kurds.

"We’re going to keep ISIS all nice and locked up," Trump said. "We’re going to find more of them."

"Turkey's going to be happy, the Kurds are going to be happy, ISIS is going to be unhappy," he added.

The president's speech came after top congressional Democrats lambasted him earlier Thursday for the ceasefire.

In a joint statement, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Overnight Defense: Ex-Ukraine ambassador offers dramatic day of testimony | Talks of 'crisis' at State Department | Trump tweets criticism of envoy during hearing | Dems warn against 'witness intimidation' | Trump defends his 'freedom of speech' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight 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 Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.) said that Trump was "flailing" and called the truce a "sham ceasefire."

"The President’s decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America’s foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," the duo added.