At a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday night, President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE lauded the cease-fire that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Christie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries 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.
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.
"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 PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden 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.