So what explains Donald Trump’s latest attacks on the US media, including a long diatribe about “fake news” in a Friday speech and an unprecedented exclusion of leading outlets from a White House briefing?

In a word: Russia.

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I explained to BBC Radio Wales the connection, with the Trump Administration trying to push back an investigation of links between the President’s associates and Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.

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A Trump supporter holds a Russian flag, handed out by pranksters, at the Conservative Political Action Conference