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Watch: Cuban violinist whose life was saved as a boy by performing this song just performed it again

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President Donald Trump signed a directive at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida, today pledging to cancel former President Barack Obama's "completely one-sided deal with Cuba." He asked that the Cuban government free political prisoners and open itself up to economic and political freedom for its people.

The president also featured violinist and Cuban dissident Luis Haza, who as a boy saw his father executed for political reasons. The squad then turned their machine guns on him and demanded he play something. The little boy played "The Star Spangled Banner."

Once the Cuban government discovered Haza was talented, they developed his abilities and used him as propaganda for Cuban greatness. His family eventually fled to Spain, then emigrated to the United States on November 3, 1964.

He performed an emotional reprise of the national anthem today at President Trump's speech to rousing cheers from the audience.

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays 7–10 p.m. ET & Saturdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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