Washington( CNN) President Donald Trump's morning declaration that “nice and new and ‘smart'” rockets would soon be fired toward Syria caught most of his aides off guard and came before an agreement had been reached between key US friends, multiple American and Western officials said on Wednesday.

A final decision on how to respond to the weekend's chemical attack in Syria had not yet been attained when Trump issued his tweet, the White House said later on Wednesday.

“We're maintaining that we have a number of options and all those options are still on the table. Final decisions haven't been attained yet, ” press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “The President has a number of options at his disposal and all of those options remain on the table.”