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

At a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday night, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE lauded the cease-fire that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process 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.

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

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"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 PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications 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.