Haley calls Jared Kushner Trump's 'hidden genius'

Departing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump blocked renomination of Obama-era UN racism official, won't pick a replacement: report Trump says he considered nominating Ivanka to lead World Bank MORE on Tuesday morning lauded White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMueller considered charging campaign aides in Trump Tower meeting but lacked evidence There could be a turning point in Israeli-Palestinian peace effort Durbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' 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: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump mourns dead in Ethiopian jet crash 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.