President Trump has criticized athletes, including NFL player Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry. His latest attacks targeted LaVall Ball and Marshawn Lynch. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post)

President Trump on Friday returned to his attempts to pressure the National Football League to punish players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

“Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!” Trump tweeted early Friday morning.

The president, who is spending most of the week at his private club in Palm Beach, also tweeted that he plans to speak with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “about bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East” and then golf with famous professional golfers Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla.