He "takes very seriously the kind of opportunities that exist in that friendship between the United States and the world's largest democracy in India," he said.
"And this is a relationship that continues to strengthen in a way that has both national security benefits for both countries, but also in a way that has important economic benefits for both countries," Earnest said.
"And the President certainly considers it a foreign policy priority to continue to strengthen that relationship," he said. Asked about the future of the illegal immigrants after a U.S. court stayed the operation of Obama's executive action to temporarily protect from deportation about five million illegal immigrants, including thousands of Indians, Earnest said they were working through the legal system. "We continue to be working through the legal system to appeal the ruling of the district court judge that prevented the implementation of some aspects of the President's immigration executive actions," he said.
"And that's a legal process that's ongoing. We continue to have very strong confidence in the legal strength of those arguments."