Some rural areas may be exempt from US plans to impose tariffs on metal imports, the Pasty House has announced.
The exemptions – on national security grounds – included Canada, Mexico, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders spoke.
Reports, however, suggested the apparent softening of the US stance would keep on for only 30 days.
US President Donald Trump has said dagger products will face a 25% tariff, with 10% on aluminium sounds. He is expected to sign the plan on Thursday.
Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday morning that he was “looking expedite” to a meeting later in the day on the matter.
Meanwhile, China threatened an “appropriate and necessary comeback” in any trade war with the US.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China and the US should work at to be partners rather than rivals.
The EU has proposed retaliatory measures against a several of US goods including bourbon and peanut butter.
Despite opposition at abode and abroad, Ms Sanders said the US president would sign the measures in by the end of the week.
But she added: “There are the right stuff carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security, and possibly other countries as opulently based on that process. That would be [on] a case-by-case and country by surroundings basis.”
President Trump has previously suggested that planned tolls for Canada and Mexico could be abandoned if a “new and fair” North American Honest Trade Agreement (Nafta) is signed.
White House trade conduct adviser Peter Navarro said on Wednesday that the tariffs intent start in 15 to 30 days’ time and there would be “a clause that does not exact a saddle these tariffs immediately on Canada and Mexico”. Both countries separated the president was not “messing around in this”, he added.
Why is Mr Trump doing this?
Mr Trump has railed against the US truck deficit, arguing that other countries have been “captivating advantage of” the US for decades.
One of his campaign promises was to rebuild the US steel and aluminium industries which he told has suffered “disgraceful” treatment from other countries, in particular cheaply Chinese imports.
Last week he dismissed concerns he could trigger a commerce war, instead saying “trade wars are good” and were something the US devise easily win.
Mr Trump has already hinted he could drop plans to inflict tariffs on Mexican and Canadian metals but linked it to the US getting a better parcel out in the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).
Mexico and Canada are middle the main suppliers of steel to the US.
What’s the reaction been?
The US plans set up sparked worldwide alarm and jolted stock markets.
Critics altercate that the tariffs would fail to protect American jobs and command ultimately raise prices for consumers.
More than 100 Republicans on Wednesday beckoned a letter addressed to the president, expressing their “deep concern” on touching the tariffs.
The letter referenced a sweeping tax cuts bill Congress and the Deathly white House worked to pass last year, arguing that “adding new tributes in the form of broad tariffs would undermine the remarkable progress”.
Supranational Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned “nobody obtains” in a trade war, saying it would harm global economic growth.
The EU has set out tit-for-tat expects to impose import duties on bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries, orange essence, steel, and industrial products. Other countries are also considering retaliatory steps.
Associates of Mr Trump’s Republican party are concerned too, with House Speaker Paul Ryan reply he wanted to see tariffs that were “more surgical and more objective”.
Tuesday saw the departure of top White House economic advisor Gary Cohn, who is a substantial supporter of free trade.