During a dinner with Senate Democrats on Tuesday evening, Obama said he thought the chances of arriving at a deal “were less than 50-50 at this point and that he wouldn’t agree to something he thought was weak or unenforceable,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in an interview with Politico on Wednesday.
“But if [Obama] comes up with an agreement and it meets his standards, he wanted us to take an honest look at it and not prejudge,” added Durbin.
According to the report, Obama sounded pessimistic concerning a nuclear deal with Iran as the negotiations missed yet another self-imposed deadline on July 7, while he also tried to assure Senate Democratic leaders that he would be willing to walk away from a bad deal with the Islamic Republic.
“He said, ‘Don’t get nervous, don’t get concerned about statements by the supreme leader, about statements in the press.I am not going to sign a deal where we can’t assure that we’ve blocked all pathways to a bomb for Iran.’ I found that very reassuring,” U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said.