Political map of North America & the Caribbean 15 January 2019 (North America Today): In 2015 the US and Cuba normalized relations (Cuban thaw), finally bringing an end to the last significant Cold War rivalry in the Americas. However the following year Donald Trump was elected US President (United States presidential election, 2016), after a campaign in which he was strongly suspected of colluding with Russia (Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections), and partially reversed the Cuban thaw.