"We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States, in friendship with Great Britain, with good neighborly relations wherever possible, also with Russian Federation and other countries - but we have to know that we have to fight for our future and our fate ourselves as Europeans", Merkel said in Munich at an event organized by the Christian Social Union, Bavaria's sister party of the chancellor's Christian Democrats.
President Donald Trump has criticized Germany once again for its large trade surplus with the USA and its low contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying this attitude is "very bad" for the United States.
With all President Donald Trump has on his plate this week - staff shakeups, the Russian Federation probes and Jared Kushner; health care, budget, debt ceiling and the Paris climate deal - Trump on Tuesday morning chose to escalate his attack on Germany over trade.
"He said they're very bad on trade, but he doesn't have a problem with Germany", Cohn said, according to The Washington Times. "We have fast-tracked investments from Germany under the Make in India initiative".
After the G7 summit concluded in Sicily, and with the absence of a Trump statement on the Paris Climate Agreement, Merkel blatantly criticized the new United States president's policy.
Days earlier, in Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump had presided over the single largest U.S. arms deal in USA history, worth US$110 billion (S$152 billion) over the next decade and including ships, tanks and anti-missile systems. And while German politicians sided with Merkel, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel signaled that it was time for cooler heads to prevail.
Gentiloni was speaking after Merkel made waves with weekend remarks in which she suggested that Brexit-bound Britain and a Trump-led United States may no longer be reliable partners for the European Union.
"The discussions with the U.S. are just as important as with other partners - the transatlantic relations is of incredible importance", she said during a joint news conference with Modi.
Merkel caused a media stir when she described last week's summit of G7 leaders as "unsatisfactory", adding based on what she had experienced during the two-day discussion with other world powers, "Europeans would have to fight for their own future".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday downplayed suggestions that her bid to further develop relations with India and China was a signal that Berlin and the European Union were moving away from their traditional allies in London and Washington.
In Washington, Trump administration officials appeared to try to soften the message underlying Mr Trump's tweet with comments emphasising the importance of US-European ties.
Many presidents, including Barack Obama have complained that European partners were "free-riding" on the U.S for defence, but Mr. Trump has raised the rhetoric to a different level altogether.