The leader of the Kern County Sheriff's Office met Monday with the leader of the nation as the National Sheriffs' Association convened its annual conference in Washington, D.C. this week.
Sheriff Donny Youngblood said he was among a number of sheriffs who had a short conversation with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence regarding border control.
Youngblood said they wanted to let the president know they support border security and that it will help them provide the best possible safety for the public.
The sheriff said he's heard the president speak before, but never had the opportunity to meet him in person. He told him he's from Bakersfield, and Bakersfield appreciates him.
Youngblood said Trump responded, "Yeah, I've been there and that's a really good place."
Following the meeting with Trump and Pence, the sheriffs met with officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security.
"I think it's important to keep those relationships going," Youngblood said.
The sheriff said he'll remain in D.C. for the remainder of the week.