Team Sunak later accused Ms Truss of performing a U-turn, as they claimed her position is “as clear as mud”. Mr Sunak has already made a clear commitment to bring forward new financial support if he becomes prime minister.
It came as Lord Howard, the former Tory leader and a supporter of Mr Sunak, labeled Ms Truss’s tax-cutting plan as “suicidal” and warned it could lead to a Labor government.
Ms Truss has promised to use an emergency Budget to “hit the ground running” and “pave the way to economic growth” by delivering immediate tax cuts if elected.
She was pressed repeatedly on Tuesday on what further cost-of-living support she could bring forward, but she refused to be drawn.
James Cleverly, one of Ms Truss’s supporters, said on Wednesday morning that the Foreign Secretary “will look at support packages for the people who need it most”.
His comment was seen as a firming up of Ms Truss’s position and an apparent confirmation that she would agree to give more direct support to families.