I don’t see any real difference between the Russians providing the Taliban with weapons (which we know they are doing) or offering a bounty to kill US and coalition troops. There is no doubt that our CIA did exactly the same things when it was the Russians’ turn in Afghanistan. It is just standard operating procedure; anyone who thinks otherwise is naïve.
Where neither side follows any rules of engagement, the objective is to out-guerrilla the guerrillas any way you can. One of the Taliban’s most effective tactics is to use suicide bombers. I doubt if those guys lived to collect any bounties. Maybe the Russians wire-transferred the money to Paradise, where the 72 horney virgins are waiting?
There would have been little point in briefing Trump about this, as it is a local matter between the Russian GRU and the US CIA and special forces to work out, on the ground in Afghanistan, in their own sordid way.
This is making headlines because this is an election year and the mainstream media is in the bag for the democrats, so the media will play it up for all that it is worth. The republicans did that with the Benghazi incident, but Benghazi was very real; no anonymous sources were needed there.
Trump denies knowing anything about it as does Putin. Richard Grenell, who served as acting director of national intelligence until last month, says he never heard about this. Even the Taliban deny it. All the msm have to go on is “anonymous sources”.
I don’t see how this will change anyone’s mind about anything.