On Monday, US President Trump told the Venezuelan American Community that incumbent Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was "controlled by the Cuban military and protected by a private army of Cuban soldiers."
"The US president's accusations that Cuba has deployed a private army in Venezuela are not true. Our government strongly and categorically rejects that," Rodriguez said at a press conference on late Tuesday.
The political situation in Venezuela escalated in January, after Venezuelan opposition parliament speaker Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, disputing last year's re-election of Maduro. The United States along with a number of other countries recognized the opposition leader. Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay were among those that voiced their support for Maduro as the country's legitimately elected president.