U.S. weighs plans to prevent Russian meddling in future elections: Pence

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses members of U.S. military services and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) before he departs for South Korea, at U.S. Air Force Yokota base in Fussa, on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and the U.S. intelligence community are discussing plans to prevent Russia from interfering in future elections, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, a after the nation's top intelligence officials said they expected Moscow to continue such efforts.

Pence, in an interview with Axios, said the administration took such interference seriously, adding: "We have discussed plans going forward to ensure that meddling in our elections by Russian or other powers around the world will be rebutted."

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tom Brown)