Haley calls Jared Kushner Trump's 'hidden genius'

Departing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyShowdown at the Security Council? North Korea evading US sanctions: report Haley: I used Trump’s ‘unpredictable’ behavior to my advantage at UN MORE on Tuesday morning lauded White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerNo reason to assume American relations with Mexico are rocky GOP lawmaker predicts Kushner will be Trump’s next chief of staff Ocasio-Cortez mocks idea Kushner could be Trump's chief of staff MORE as a "hidden genius" of the Trump administration. 

Haley made the remark from the Oval Office as she announced her resignation at the end of the year.

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"I can’t say enough good things about Jared and Ivanka [Trump]," she said. "Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands."

Haley gave Kushner credit for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal last week. 

"To redo the NAFTA deal the way he did," she said, listing off his accomplishments. "What I’ve done working with him on the Middle East peace plan ... it is so unbelievably well-done."

Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: Trump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming | Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff | China agrees to 3-month freeze of auto tariffs | Dem to seek Deutsche Bank records of Trump's personal finances Ivanka Trump was involved in negotiations between inaugural committee, Trump hotel: report Ocasio-Cortez mocks idea Kushner could be Trump's chief of staff MORE, has been tasked with forming a Middle East peace plan to resolve tensions between Israel and Palestine. 

Haley also called Ivanka Trump a "great friend."

"They do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish more people knew about," she said. "We’re a better country because they’re in this administration." 

Haley during the public announcement said she will not be running in 2020, vowing that she will campaign for the president that year. 

Trump, sitting alongside Haley, told reporters she wanted to “take a break” from public service. He said she would be welcome back in any position she wanted.

Multiple reports have indicated that those close to Haley were blindsided by her decision to leave the administration.