In response, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that if the U.S. does not sell weapons to the Saudis, they will turn to U.S. adversaries to supply their arsenals.
"I don't like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States," Trump told reporters in October, referring to a collection of intent letters signed with the Saudis in the early months of his presidency. "You know what they are going to do? They're going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China or someplace else."
But a highly classified document produced by the French Directorate of Military Intelligence shows that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are overwhelmingly dependent on Western-produced weapon systems to wage their devastating war in Yemen.