Hundreds of Americans who remained in Afghanistan following the U.S. military withdrawal four months ago have since decided they'd like to return home, White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated on Tuesday.

"There were people who determined they wanted to leave since [August], and it's our responsibility to help them depart," she said. "That's evidence of our commitment to do exactly that."

"We believe that about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan with some intention to leave," including dual citizens with strong ties to the central Asian nation, President Joe Biden said following the withdrawal. But since that day, Psaki said 479 U.S. citizens have been provided assistance leaving Afghanistan.


"Let me just reiterate something that [Secretary of State] Antony Blinken said back in August, which is that if Americans who are in Afghanistan want to leave — whether it's three weeks from now, a month from now, two months from now — we would help them out," Psaki said. "That is something we have delivered our word on."

She was then pressed on the fact 479 is a much higher number than the 100-200 estimate Biden indicated four months ago. Psaki responded many of them had simply changed their minds in the ensuing months.

Psaki added that the United States does not "put a tracker on American citizens traveling overseas," indicating it doesn't always have exact numbers on how many citizens are in Afghanistan at any given time or how many want to leave. However, she said the Biden administration is committed to helping anyone who wishes to flee the country.

Inconsistent reports about the number of Americans remaining in Afghanistan are one of many criticisms leveled against the president over the military withdrawal from the war-torn country. Biden said on Sunday he'd opposed the U.S. invasion from the beginning and that ending the war was bound to involve casualties, referencing an August suicide attack outside the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. service members and some 170 Afghans.

“Everybody says, ‘You could’ve gotten out without anybody being hurt.’ No one’s come up with a way to ever indicate to me how that happens,” Biden said in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning during a brief appearance in a profile of first lady Jill Biden.


However, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, then-Sen. Biden voted to approve the 2001 authorization for the use of military force, which authorized the war, and continued to advocate for further commitments in the years after.