"We need to know that we have to fight for our own future and destiny as Europeans", Merkel said.
Following the G-7 meeting in Sicily on Saturday, Merkel was sharply critical of Trump's decision not to join the other countries in reiterating support for the 2015 Paris Agreement that aims to slow global warming, calling the G-7 climate talks "very unsatisfactory". After a bruising set of meetings of G7 wealthy nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation last week, Merkel - who is seeking re-election in September - suggested on Sunday that Europeans had to take fate into their own hands, prompting concern in Washington and London.
So what at first listen may sound like a major departure from Germany's commitment to the transatlantic alliance is, in fact, consistent with Merkel's rhetoric ever since Donald Trump was elected USA president.
"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out".
"For that reason, I can only say: we Europeans really have to take our fate into our own hands".
G7 leaders went on to blame the USA for the failure to reach an agreement on climate change, in an unusually frank statement which read: "The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".
Though she did not mention them by name, Merkel was most likely referring to the fractured relationship Germany now shares with the USA, as well as with the United Kingdom post-Brexit.
He said German-American relations are very important to Merkel and that Germany would continue to work to strengthen them.
However, Trump in the end refused to endorse it, saying he needed more time to decide.
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Polls suggest Mrs Merkel is on course to be re-elected for a fourth term as German chancellor at elections in September.
"This becomes an interesting game of who is a better match for Trump", she said.
Kristine Berzina, a trans-Atlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund, said she saw Merkel's comments as more of an attempt to lay out her assessment of Trump for her fellow Germans.
"We are not leaving Europe".
Mrs. Merkel has expressed disappointment over Donald Trump to stall backing the Paris climate deal, he says he will make a decision on the issue next week. "That means there are so far no signs whether the United States of America will remain in the Paris agreement or not".
Schulz, Merkel's competitor for the chancellorship in September, was already speaking to broadcasters Sunday night calling a stronger Europe the answer to the frayed relationship with America.
Still, it would be unlike Merkel just to give up on dealing with Trump, Tempel said.
"I've never seen her in 12 years give up on anything", she said.