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Trump rated his Puerto Rico hurricane response a 10. These photos tell a different story.

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A boy watches the repairs to the Guajataca Dam, which cracked during the passage of Hurricane Maria in Quebradillas on Oct. 17.
  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

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During a meeting with Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló on Thursday (Oct. 19), Donald Trump rated his job of handling the post-Hurricane situation in Puerto Rico a “10” out of 10. Photos and social posts from the US territory tell a different story.

Former Puerto Rican president Alejandro Garcia Padilla shared an image of doctors apparently performing by cellphone light in a hospital without power. Quartz reached out to the former governor to verify the time, location, and circumstances surrounding the image, but have yet to hear back.

Four weeks after the storm made landfall, most of the island is still without power. Food distribution has been spotty and people are still collecting water from hillside springs.

Recent images show certain areas appearing as if a hurricane had just blown through, not a month ago.

In response to the deteriorating situation, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer has suggested appointing an official to oversee the complex response needed for US territory.

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A man descends a makeshift ladder reaching to the top of a broken bridge spanning the Vivi River on October 20, 2017 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. The bridge was washed away during Hurricane Maria and makeshift ladders are the only way for members of the cut-off Rio Abajo community to access the rest of Utuado municipality. Residents cannot wade across the river because it is contaminated with human waste after a sewer pipe broke during the storm. Residents have rigged up a system of pulleys to manuever supplies across the river to their community.
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Cars drive under a partially collapsed utility pole in Naguabo on Oct. 20.
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Arden Dragoni, second from left, poses with his wife Sindy, their three children and dog Max, surrounded by what remains of their home destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico on Oct. 14.
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A man washes his hands with rainwater collected in a bucket on Oct. 16.
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People who have lost their homes after Hurricane Maria hit the island in September, walk with the help of a flashlight at a school turned shelter, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico on Oct. 18.
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An aerial view of the municipality Las Piedras during a mission of the US military to deliver supplies to the victims of Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico on Oct. 18.
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A U.S. Army helicopter transports material to repair the Guajataca Dam in Quebradillas on Oct. 17.
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People collect mountain spring water in Corozal on Oct. 17.
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Emilia Santos washes her hair with water coming through a pipe, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez – RC1B312B6420

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