Merkel's comments seemed to unleash pent-up criticism of Trump after a series of meeting that saw him: bash other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries for failing to meet their financial contributions to the bloc; be the lone holdout when other countries pushed to include language expressing concerns about climate change in a G7 statement; and resist language on assistance to refugees. -European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe "really must take our fate into our own hands".
The comments from Mattis come after Trump tweeted on Saturday he would take a decision "next week" on whether to stick to or renege on the Paris accord. "I have experienced this in the last few days", Merkel said during the event.
"I experienced that in the last a few days, and therefore I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States and in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever it is possible, also with Russian Federation and also with all the other countries".More news: Police arrest 44-year-old man in connection with Manchester bombing
G7 leaders went on to blame the U.S. 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".
He said German-American relations are very important to Merkel and that Germany would continue to work to strengthen them.
Merkel has been subtly distancing herself from Trump for months.
But it was a clear repudiation of Trump's troubled few days with European leaders, even as she held back from mentioning the USA president by name.More news: Cavaliers set franchise record, score 75 points in first half vs. Celtics
"This becomes an interesting game of who is a better match for Trump", she said.
Merkel said Sunday that the European Union is faced with an alliance in West divided by presidency of Donald Trump in the U.S. and Britain's decision to leave the European Union, adding that a recent summit of seven wealthy nations, known as G7, in Belgium, proved that EU's intimate bonds with the two countries were no longer tenable.
The United States remains the largest economy in the world, and its military is indispensable for European security, putting a clear limit on Europe's ability to declare independence.
But Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said that his boss had not meant to start a wave of Trump-bashing.More news: Back on court after knife attack, Kvitova wins in Paris
"I do see it as a culmination of a conversation the chancellor started with her congratulations and warning to the president when he was elected".