The Biden administration told Congress that more than 300 U.S. citizens are still in Afghanistan, 176 of whom want to leave.

In a Thursday briefing, the State Department told congressional staff that it is in touch with 363 American citizens, a call first reported by CNN.

The new numbers reveal more Americans want to get out of Afghanistan than the administration publicly estimated as U.S. forces were withdrawing from the country.

On Aug. 30, a day before the U.S. military ended its mission in the country, Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenNuclear watchdog: US, Iran entering ‘decisive’ period on resuming talksSullivan raised normalizing relations with Israel during meeting with Saudi crown prince: reportDemocrats call for State to lift ban on embassies discussing same-sex marriageMORE said only a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, remained in Afghanistan and wanted to leave. 

Days later on Sept. 5, White House chief of staff Ron KlainRon KlainThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Altria – Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic PartyAmericans simply don’t want the costs of Biden’s Build Back Better bill Biden approval at 50 percent in CNN pollMORE estimated that around 100 Americans were still waiting to be evacuated. 

The U.S. government has helped about 234 Americans evacuate since the end of August, but it is not known exactly how many were in the country as U.S. troops left or how many remain. It is difficult to track such a figure as private citizens do not need to declare they are traveling there.

Blinken also said in August that long-time residents of Afghanistan who have American passports were trying to determine whether or not they wanted to leave. 

Many such passport holders may later decide to evacuate from the country.

Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseTrump goes after Cassidy after senator says he wouldn’t support him for president in 2024Invoking ‘Big Tech’ as an accusation can endanger American securityBiden slips further back to failed China policiesMORE (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Friday accused the administration of misleading the American public in revealing the new figure.

For weeks, their official number was about a hundred and it magically never changed – as Americans slowly got out the total number never went down. Now they say more than 300 Americans are still in Afghanistan, Sasse said in a statement. 

Tens of thousands more vulnerable Afghans, including those who aided U.S. forces and contractors in the past 20 years of conflict, also hope to leave the country.