What will Trump and the Republican Congress mean for the FDA?

This article by Stat News takes on the question I’ve been wondering about since 11/8: are the already-thin protections offered by the FDA about to get even thinner?  According to the regulatory experts I work with in device litigation, the FDA is incredibly underfunded.  That means it ends up relying on industry to regulate itself far more than ordinary people expect when they learn about a new drug or device.  Stat News says this will get worse under Trump, citing comments by his supporter Newt Gingrich, who argued the FDA should be abolished altogether.

Could the FDA be dismantled under Trump?