Departing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyHaley has 'positive' meeting with Trump Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Ex-chief of staff says Trump won't run because he can't be seen as 'loser' MORE on Tuesday morning lauded White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report Watchdog finds no money has flowed out of agency tasked by Trump admin to fight pandemic 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.
"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.
Haley lauds Jared as "hidden genius" pic.twitter.com/mAO976xj4w— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 9, 2018
"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 TrumpIvanka TrumpBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Meadows comes under growing Jan. 6 panel spotlight Tucker Carlson rips Graham over report he told officers to shoot Jan. 6 rioters 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.