Haley calls Jared Kushner Trump's 'hidden genius'

Departing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe John Kelly to leave White House at year's end Heather Nauert is the wrong choice for UN ambassador MORE on Tuesday morning lauded White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerKushner: Trump will make chief of staff decision 'when he’s ready' Press: Mueller closes in on Trump Democratic House panel could investigate ties between Kushner, Saudi crown prince: report 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 TrumpKushner: Trump will make chief of staff decision 'when he’s ready' McCarthy dismisses Dem-led Trump probes John Kelly was always doomed to fail as 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.