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

At a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday night, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE lauded the cease-fire that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBack to the future: In January 2021 America needs to rejoin the world and start leading again Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report To support Hong Kong's freedom, remember America's revolution 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 PelosiRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide On The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Public awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names 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.