Tim Ryan: Trump going to North Korea 'like Chamberlain going to talk to Hitler'

White House hopeful Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Two senior House Democrats to retire MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday compared President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE's unprecedented visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korean showcases shirtless soldiers lying on broken glass, smashing bricks on head North Korea's Kim rips US, promises 'invincible' military North Korea's Kim notes 'grim' economy while marking anniversary of ruling party MORE in the hermit nation to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain meeting with Adolf Hitler.

"They talk about historic moments. This is historic, him going to North Korea is like Chamberlain going to talk to Hitler," Ryan said on CNN's "Reliable Sources." 

"I mean, this guy was lobbing missiles into the Sea of Japan just a few weeks ago and the president is going to talk to him? I mean, are you kidding me?” Ryan added of Kim.

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Trump made history Sunday by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to enter North Korea.

He and Kim then met with Kim for a surprise negotiation session that lasted almost an hour on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone.

Trump has touted the meeting as a diplomatic success that will improve U.S.-North Korea ties. The president has met with Kim three times now in efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

In the lead up to World War II, Chamberlain traveled to Germany to meet with Hitler several times but was unable to prevent him from continuing to seize territory. Chamberlain has been criticized for his appeasement policy that ultimately only delayed the war.

Democrats have blasted the meeting between Trump and Kim, accusing Trump of cozying up to a dictator and throwing cold water on the importance of negotiations.

A spokesman for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE hit Trump for “coddling” dictators, citing his chummy meetings with Kim and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin blasts cancel culture, calls gender fluidity 'crime against humanity' Russia breaks daily COVID-19 infections, death record US, allied nations force REvil ransomware group offline: report MORE.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing Republican spin on Biden is off the mark MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted that Trump "shouldn’t be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictators."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms MORE (I-Vt.) blasted the meeting as having “weakened the State Department.”

Several other candidates weighed in, with only one, entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangBill Maher pushes back on criticism of Chappelle: 'What the f--- was that reaction?' Progressive economic theories run into some inconvenient truths Andrew Yang weighs in on Dave Chappelle: Artists should get 'wide berth' for self-expression MORE, praising the talks.

“Anything that improves the political climate on the Korean peninsula and engages North Korea on its nuclear program is a good thing,” Yang tweeted.